Pics of your tank...How to Guide

Discussion in 'Aquarium Photography' started by JK901, Mar 5, 2008.

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  1. JK901

    JK901 Skunk Shrimp

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    I was hoping people could share their tips for getting good shots of their tanks. I have found it increasingly difficult to get good shots.

    One of the largest problems seems to be focusing on just exactly what you want. I did just get an Olympus digital that goes under water. I'm hesitant to stick it in the tank, but it should be good up to 10 feet under water and I am hoping to get some good pics with that.

    Do you use a digital SLR or just a point-n-shoot?

    The last thread I started had to do with Aiptasia last week.

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/id/id-please-lfs-says-aiptasia-i-m-not-sure-45852.html

    The pic in there was surprisingly taken with a cell phone. Over in the UK (where I am visiting) they have a Sony camera with a cybershot built into it.
     
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  3. Camilsky

    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Heh! It took me almost 3 month to figure out a decent photo setup for aquaristic photography. I will submit an article about my setup very soon :)
     
  4. JK901

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    I was hoping you'd reply. You have had some of the best photos posted on the site. If I remember correctly you use HDR imaging to get great results.
     
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    Thanks a lot for kind comments! Yup! I do use HDR photography, but it can be tricky sometimes. The success rate of your HDR photography depends mainly on the noise level of differently exposed images!
     
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    I cant wait either. For the life of me, I cant take good pics, let alone, great ones. The next time I take a pic, Im going to use a trick I heard with the lights out and using a led flashlight.
     
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  9. JK901

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    Thanks amcarrig.

    Those articles are great for starting off. I hope they help inspire some new photographers to begin to shoot their tanks. We will all benefit from great shots.

    I didn't expect Camilsky to write up his HDR guide, but now that he is I am excited for it too.
     
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    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Dear 3reefers,
    The article is on its way! I still need to take few sample photos for it. As a teaser I want to present a photo of my crazy blue tang:
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    My PENTAX K10D camera did exceptionally well! This photo was taken in terrible light conditions - deep blue actinics with ISO1600! White balance and color balance have been tweaked in photoshop! Enjoy :)
     
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    Yeah shots like that taken in low light are exactly what I am talking about.
     
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice picture Kamil! Can't wait for the article!