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Old 10-13-2010, 06:33 AM   #1 
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Question Photo Tips?

Anyone have any tips on how to get a good photo of my betta? I've gotten some good full body shots, but I want to get a nicely detailed close up shot, hopefully being able to see his face. So far all my attempts have come out blurry, and I've noticed that there are some nice close ups on here. My camera is a nice one, so I'm pretty sure it's user error at this point :). Hints?
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:38 AM   #2 
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Using the macro function on your camera, or adjusting the shutter speed if your fish is zipping about. Does your camera adjust the focus automatically or do you have to do it manually?

My current betta is such a diva, he swims up to the front of the tank to have his photo taken!
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It's an automatic not manual, but I believe it does have a macro option, so I'll have to give that a try. He stays still pretty well. My camera has a red light even when the flash is off, and he seems to be curious about it.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:42 AM   #4 
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Sadly, no macro setting.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:46 AM   #5 
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I've been having the same problem too.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:24 AM   #6 
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What kind of camera do you have (brand/type)? I have a Sony a230.
I've been trying to learn how to take moving pictures of them too. I figured out that you can use the Apeture button, it helps focus on the subject better. It can be harder to take a close up if your hands are shaky, so you could try using a camera stand.....though I don't know if that is a problem for you....
Try taking the picture in natural light too, if you don't already use a fluorescent bulb.

It took me a while to get a good pic in motion.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:56 PM   #7 
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I just keep taking them til I get lucky. lol

I only have an auto focus setting, and my close-up setting isn't all that wonderful. I have a few facial close ups, but ... like I said I just got lucky. ;)
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:05 PM   #8 
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Does your camera have a "flower" setting. Mine does - its basically the equivalent of macro.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:46 PM   #9 
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Ha! I do have a macro setting. I read the manual... go figure. I managed to get a few better shots. I think it's a matter of luck in getting a good shot. Once I do, I will post it, of course :).
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The Results!

Here are a few of my favorites, all of them can be seen in an album on my profile page.
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