Taking decent pictures

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  1. TheGrissom

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    Hi everyone,

    Can anyone give advice on taking decent pictures of a tank/their fish? I always seem to get a blurry fish or a reflection of my camera/phone/hand. Is this something that someone needs an epic camera for or will a semi decent camera (albeit a few years old) do? I know there are some good photographers out there as i see the proof in the competition pics.

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  3. Ammar

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    if you do a night pic, switch all lights off in the room and keep your tank lights on... that always works for me.
    cant help you on the blury fish side :p i have rainbows and torpido barbs in there!! not a chance of taking decent fish pics
     
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    apparently increased iso = faster shatter speed = clearer pic of something moving
     
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    Also don't use flash, it reflects on the glass...
     
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    Increasing ISO reduces the "sharpness" of the image. Phone's generally struggle to get the nice sharp images on moving fish.

    The ideal solution is a DSLR camera, and on top of that is to use speedlights. Regular tank lights aren't usually good enough. For example on my 250l using 60W I struggled to get 1/60 shutter speed on the lowest aperture (F2.8) This gave me many blurry shots and the depth of field was shallow.

    With speedlights on the other hand, I got pin sharp images with F8 and 1/150 shutter speed and 100 ISO. I used a 50mm prime for this shot which gives the reflection since it's right against the tank. I had good results shooting with a 70-200mm lens at 2 meters as well.

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    With speedlights mounted above a tank you get wonderful shots, anyone with the kit; I recommend it :)

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    I mounted the speedlights over the tank for this reason.
     
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    What's ideal for photos is the lowest ISO and shutter speed and higher aperture (F8.0+). Phones are usually only F1.8, giving a bit of a shallower focus and the digital zoom reduces image clarity :(
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. Will have to try some of these out and see how it goes
     
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    Another option when using a cellphone, is using burst shot, where you take a number of shots at the same time.
    You can then keep the best pic, and discard the rest.
     
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    Ummm... Im going to try that @Pezulu ... makes sense
     
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    While taking pics of moving fish, you need to move/pan the camera at the same speed so that the fish is the same position in the shot. That will give you a sharper image and blurred background.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Will give what I can a try
     

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