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Old 10-27-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I'm curious on how every takes their pictures, I've seen some great pics on this site and I want to know what settings they are using. Aquarium photography is difficult because the fish never do what you tell them!!!!


these images are with a 50mm lens stopped down to 1.4 at 1600 ISO.
shutter speed between 1/80 - 1/100
auto white balance
(no flash)
camera body is canon XTI 400D









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Old 10-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Will post some when I get home on the pc. Curious if you set a custom white balance for those pics ?
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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Will post some when I get home on the pc. Curious if you set a custom white balance for those pics ?
I had the white balance set to auto. i'm using LED's for my lighting in my tanks and there was no option for LED, so I just left it default.
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Thought so . You should be able use a peice of PVC to set a custom white balance for your tanks lighting . The pics are great but with a custom balance they will be even better and will show the true color of the fish .
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Thought so . You should be able use a peice of PVC to set a custom white balance for your tanks lighting . The pics are great but with a custom balance they will be even better and will show the true color of the fish .
ok now you got my full attention
how do I go about setting the custom balance.
I have plenty of pvc around.
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You basically put the PVC in the tank and go to your settings . It might be different with your cannon but in my nikon I go to white balance settings then choose custom balance . It will then promt you to take a picture so just take a pic of the white PVC . It will then adjust the colors automatically .
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Gotcha.
How much of the pvc has to be in frame?
Meaning does it avg out the whole image. Or does it just use the focal point as the reference?
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Your basically taking a pic of the white PVC and telling the camera this is what white is and then it adjusts to that . So focus on the PVC in the middle of the picture . Not sure if that made sense im having a hard time explaining it lol .
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I use a Nikon D300 DLSR for my digital work. For aquarium shots, I always use flash and fastest shutter flash sync speed of 1/250 of a second to freeze any motion of the fish or my moving the camera. I use off camera flash and aim it at an angle to eliminate reflections and hot spots(and make the lighting look more natural). If I want the exposure to be a little darker for that deep underwater look, I will underexpose a little. And if I want a color cast such as a slight blue I adjust white balance. I NEVER have used auto white balance. And since there's very little depth of field(what you get in sharp focus)in closeup photography, I use a small aperture of about f/16 or f/22 to get as much as possible in sharp focus. Here a few pics I took recently and some from a few years ago.



















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