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Old 06-10-2011, 11:03 PM   #1 
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How to take a good picture?

I had to take a picture of an injured betta today and I realized its not as easy to take a picture through your tank as it seems.
I had one decent picture out of about thirty that was somewhat clear.
Is there any tips or tricks?
I want a good picture for my avatar of one of my girls or my King :D
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:13 PM   #2 
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I'm sorry I can't help you. I take terrible pics. Hopefully one of our photographers will come by and give us some tips.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:45 PM   #3 
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Copied and pasted this from another thread I answered, too lazy to re-write it lol. Still, I hope it helps!


If your camera has auto-focus, which it probably does, a good way to tell if you're going to take a good picture before you actually take it is to push the shot button down half-way. This will make the camera focus before it actually takes the shot. You can push the button down half-way multiple times and it should get a little difference focus each time.

Here is a picture that is incorrectly focused. It is clearly focused on the rocks, rather than my fish. It is easier to get the camera to notice the fish if there are less things in the background.

Here's a picture that is clearly focused on the fish. Note this minimalistic background. It is of course possible to get pictures with a busy background, but if you are trying to get a feel for taking well-focused pictures it will be easiest if your fish has got the most contrast.

Bright lighting will also help with your pictures, as more light = a higher exposure which means a faster shutter speed. A faster shutter speed will result in pictures that are less blurred.

Here is an example of too slow a shutter speed. The fish appears blurred, rather than crisp. Don't worry - you will normally get a ton of these shots if your fish is zooming around!

Here's an example of a picture with a correct shutter speed. Chalupa was zooming around, but the picture was taken fast enough that it froze him in time. It's all about luck and getting the right light.

I hope this little crash course in photography basics helped a little bit! The most important thing that I've found when it comes to taking a good picture is the 'push halfway' technique. Good luck, and if you've got any more questions feel free to ask!
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:35 AM   #4 
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I have to say Im lucky, my brother has this stunning fancy camera, that I borrow for really good pics. Otherwise I just take loads with my phone till I get some decent ones.

The nice thing of his is the fact that it does have a sport function - I normally use it to take pics of my dad racing his little sports car at a local racing track.

I tried that setting since it takes about 30 pics in 2 or 3 seconds. And there are always one or 5 nice ones :p
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