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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Hallyx View Post
My favorite tip is only feasible with digital cameras.

Take lots of pictures and delete mercilessly. One or three good shots out of a hundred is a good average for me.
I use that same technique. I've got a 1 GB memory card that can hold thousands of pictures.


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Originally Posted by lelei View Post
I have to invest in a tripod:) and a Nikon camera ihear those are the ones that give yu the profezsioal looking photos
Nikon or Canon, but any DSLR camera is good.

Tip - natural lighting, never anything else. No flash.

I will take hundreds of pictures and only keep a handful.

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For taking pictures of tanks I turn off the flash and darken the room. The aquarium light provides enough brightness but since the room is dark there are no glares.

For taking pictures of fish, natural light is definitely best. I always use the macro setting.

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Taking pictures of tanks: Exact same as LionCalie. To take fairly stable pictures, I cup the camera as firmly as I can, rest my elbows against my body and take a deep breath and hold it before taking a shot (like a sniper does)

Taking pictures of fish: I put them in a 1Gallon cube with a white or black piece of paper behind it. High amounts of light (within reason), I use my daylight halogen desk lamp. I use high shutter speed settings such as sports setting.

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i take lots of pics, and out of those, one or two might be good pics. xD

it helps if the betta's not camera shy. sadly, many of mine are either shy, or don't like the camera and flare and dash around. xD
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Originally Posted by Hallyx View Post
My favorite tip is only feasible with digital cameras.

Take lots of pictures and delete mercilessly. One or three good shots out of a hundred is a good average for me.

Pretty much.

My camera auto-adjusts to the macro setting. It seems to know what I want to focus on. Usually I do it when there's a lot of natural daylight out.

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i love my iphone camera >.>
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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 03:08 AM
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I noticed on Flickr the betta photos are beautiful .. but you can tell those people have very expensive cameras with many nice lenses. I wish I could afford that but I can't .. so I will just have crappy blurry photos of my fish zooming by . . . :)

And by the way, these days if you have cash you don't need talent to take nice photos. Every person I knew in San Francisco with a good salary could take beautiful photos day 1. Not like when I was young and developing photos in a darkroom .. ha ha.

Hey at least we can see the nice color of our fish! And if they're blurry at least they are active and hopefully healthy. :)

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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 04:48 PM
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I would say to use a macro setting without flash, when its a bit darker out, with the aquarium light on. :) Also, I don't know about your Betta, but mine doesn't like his picture taken. So, try getting the best shots right away as to not spend too much time taking pictures of him. Its a lot of fun.
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