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Old 11-01-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Macro Coral Shots

So I picked up a new 60mm F/2.0 Macro lens for my DSLR camera (Canon Rebel T3). I took some shots last night in aperture priority mode, but today I took the training wheels off and went full manual. I am starting to get comfortable with the idea of full control, but I would love any critiques or suggestions. Due to the narrow depth of field on a macro lens, most of these were shot with an F# of F/10-17 or so. I varied the shutter speed from around 1/13 to 1/60. Here are some of the better shots I got out of the tank today. All of these had no editing except resizing, and a couple I changed the exposure just a bit on the raw image before processing to a jpg. Clearly more work to do, but am happy with my first attempts.

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Branched Monti:


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And my P Clown with frogspawn:
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Very very nice! I especially like the pictures of the Ric and the Red and Green Zoas.
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Thanks bud. It is a good starting point and I am sure more practice will yield better results.
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Ok Fort now you did it

I need a new camera now
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Pretty good for your first attempt, though I'll take it easy on you for being a Canon guy..... (Nikon D2Xs with a 105 f/2.8 for my macro work)

Are you using a tripod?? You're shooting at a good f/stop range, since most macros are at their best around f/11-22. I like the monti & acro shots, nice polyp detail on those.
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Love them all!

I would love to get a nice camera for my tank, but I've just stuck with my IPhone camera. Know any tricks or add ons for an iPhone?

But like I said I love these pics and in waiting for more!
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Pretty good for your first attempt, though I'll take it easy on you for being a Canon guy..... (Nikon D2Xs with a 105 f/2.8 for my macro work)

Are you using a tripod?? You're shooting at a good f/stop range, since most macros are at their best around f/11-22. I like the monti & acro shots, nice polyp detail on those.
Yes, tripod and remote shutter.

What iso setting would you recommend?
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Dang it Fort. Now I want the macro lens for my Rebel now!
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That ricordea pic is sweeeeeet. The others are awesome too but that one is my fav.
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Yes, tripod and remote shutter.

What iso setting would you recommend?
You're definitely on the right track with the tripod, shutter release, and shooting in RAW. Don't forget that in RAW, in addition to exposure, you can also adjust your white-balance, since dSLR's dont have presets that match most of the lights we use. You can really bring out some truer colors with WB adjustment in post-processing. What program are you using for processing?

As far as the ISO, the lower the better. The trade-off being longer shutter speeds at a given f/stop, but the image quality is better (less grain). If you're not doing so, shut off all your tank pumps while shooting.... this allows the corals to sit still to prevent motion blur with the slower shutter speeds.
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