Taking pictures of fish tanks

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

I have a Kodak z710 camera. Could someone please tell me what settings to put the camera on to take nice clear photo's of the fish tank?

Thanks
Betty

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

Betty, I 'm assuming you want to take picture of the tank inhabitants and not the tank overall, right?

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

I can get a good close up of the fish but I want to take a picture of the whole tank. I have tried with and without the flash. I always get a bright spot either way.

Betty

This message was edited Mar 26, 2008 9:48 AM

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

Without flash for sure but you also have to make sure that no glare gets onto the glass from the surrounding area. Windows & Lights have to be blocked off, best is to shroud the surrounding are with dark blankets. Also ensure that the camera is perpendicular to the glass pane.

So what inhabitants do you have in the tank?

Here a pic of mine

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

You can use flash but not directly on the tank. You may have to take a few pictures to find the "right spot".

Here is one at the NC aquarium where the flash is on my grandson but threw enough light on to the circular tank to get the fish as well. I focused on the fish first to get a lock, then shot to the side so I wouldn't get the reflection of the flash on the glass.

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Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks for the replies. Very nice photo's. I have a 40 gallon long planted tank. I only have neon tetras in it. The back ground and gravel (flourite) is black. It also has 4 light bulbs on it for the plants. I am also having trouble with my reflection showing up in the picture. Do you set it on auto or do you do manual settings?

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Try automatic to begin with. You might have to use a tripod if you aren't using a flash and the shutter speed is too low to be hand held.

Go TTU!

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

For any shot through glass you'll have to make sure that it is brighter behind the glass than it is in front of it from where you're taking the shot. The dark gravel you mentioned will be causing problems and will make it very difficult to keep the foreground darker.
My recommendations:
- Back light and light above the tank only, complete darkness in front of tank
- Camera on tripod
- Black shroud around the greater area where the camera is located at to avoid reflections that may be created by light colored objects reflecting the light from and around the tank

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks to both of you. I will give it a try when I get home from work.

Betty

Eastern Long Island, NY(Zone 7a)

I agree with Panamon. ☺

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Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

Nice pics.

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

You might have to push your ISO too if you can't use a tripod.

This picture was shot at 1600 at the GA Aquarium where tripods are not welcome and a lot of tanks are posted not to use flash. A fast lens would have been nice in this kind of situation.

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Eastern Long Island, NY(Zone 7a)

Nice rylaff, dwarf bi-color angel? hcmcdole, the beam of light gives the feeling of depth, looks like you were underwater with them! I have to push my iso just like you said in order to stop movement. Very nice guys! ☺

Charlotte, NC

Try taking shots at night with the lights OFF in the room you are in but with the Aquarium lights ON. Also try taking the shot from a slight angle. This will help keep light from bouncing back directly at the lens.

I too keep planted tanks :)

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Charlotte, NC

And another...

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Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Wow Mulletman your tank is beautiful. I have been using the tripod and am getting better but still having problems with either the flash showing or my reflection coming out in the picture.

Betty

Charlotte, NC

Don't use the camera mounted flash. Use a remote flash, from overhead, if you have one.

You could turn off your flash, turn off the room lights, and add additional spotlights above the tank as needed.

I'm no expert but these are things that have worked for me in the past.

So, let's see the tank Betty. The pictures don't have to be pretty.

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Still in the planting stage.

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

Oh my goodness! I don't want to take this too far off topic, but you all have the most gorgeous planted tanks. I dream of doing this, too, but haven't figured out how or where.

Anyway, perhaps I'll figure out which forum to post a general how-to, but I wanted to tell you that I think your tanks are beautiful!

Santa Fe, TX(Zone 9b)

If the rest of the room is dark, I have good luck using the flash on the camera as long as I shoot at a considerable angle, like 20 degrees or more.

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Santa Fe, TX(Zone 9b)

Almost whole tank.

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Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

very nice tank

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Good job Betty!

Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks Jaye

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

I just found this thread and wanted to comment on the great job Trois did in taking those two last photos of the fish, especially the one of the yellow fish. Great job!

Jesse

Santa Fe, TX(Zone 9b)

Thanks, Jesse!

trois

Lamar, AR(Zone 7b)

Wow what happened to this thread? I was hoping to see MORE PICS! lol

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