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Old 01-01-2012, 03:07 PM   #1 
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Smile tips on betta photography?

does anyone have some advice on technique on photographing bettas and other fish? I'd love to hear them!
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 
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Well to get a good shot you need a camera with a fast shutter :) also one with automatic focus is a big help too.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #3 
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If you're on a standard digital camera, the macro/flower setting is very useful.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:19 PM   #4 
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I really have only taken pictures of my betta twice, but I agree with Pew, the macro setting is helpful. I also sometimes set my camera in "kids and pets" mode because Beaux finds it entertaining to swim quickly around the tank while I'm trying to make him look good! :P
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:17 AM   #5 
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I've found macro (flower) and "kids and pets" settings work. Flash, may distort color. If the betta is in a dark tank however, it could bring out his colors. A fast shutter is needed...
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:29 AM   #6 
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I have a cheap $50 Kodak...

First, you need to know your camera. You need to know what it does, which will take a while of sitting and tinkering with it.

What I do is put my camera on the largest MP setting, this controls how big of a picture you take. The bigger the picture, the more details.

Then I step back a bit from the tank, and take photos at an angle to avoid the flash on the glass. Take about 50 photos.

Then I put them on my computer. I use a program like Picasa from Google, it's free. I usually crop only with this program, but you can add some color and sharpen it as well. And that's how I get my pictures :)

Not bad for the cheapest camera walmart has?

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Old 01-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #7 
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.... I had a canon. cheap one... 100 or so. Loved it. it died.
I got a fujifilm (needs repairs... better yet, just getting it swapped for a new one because it does NOT work the way it should), and I have to figure it out... Pictures are not as clear as my old one but, that is when picture editors come in handy... smooths the appearance, sharpens, even gets rid of unsightly water marks or debris.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:02 AM   #8 
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I dislike Fuji very much so. I bought my first digi cam in 2005, a $600 Kodak (that's the equivalent to today's $100 Kodak) I could never go back. Only thing I'd upgrade to is a DLSR, Canon or Nikon.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:09 AM   #9 
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yeah I want my canon back ;( I don't mind this fujifilm, for LONG DISTANCE shots because it takes awesome long distance shots. But I can tell the clarity for upclose fails so bad. and it won't auto focus properly (also another reason I am swapping)
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:16 AM   #10 
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I find that hands down natural light is the best :)

This is the set up I use for my best photo's.



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