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Old 12-21-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Dose anyone have any tricks for taking nice pictures of your fish? I am proud of the great colors my congos have and their fins are beautiful, but right as I got to take a picture they scatter! Haha. Any tips or tricks?
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:04 AM   #2
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Take a million pics and drop a lil of food then try to take the pics, have u heard the one in a million??? Well thats pretty close.with fish
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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IMO the best thing to do is wait until night time turn off all the lights except the tanks light of course. Set your camera's app to it widest this is normally the lowest number 2.8 or lower is better. Adjust the shutter speed accordingly and that will give u the best pic ur cam can take. One other thing is to bump the Iso to it highest. 1600 is best here.

With these settings your camera will be able to capture the most amount of light in the shortest amount of time thus capturing a nice pic of your fish.

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:25 AM   #5
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This works for me.
1. Get a high quality camera.
2. Turn off the lights in the tank or do when dark, if by a window/glass door pull curtains.
3. Get a chair.
4. Take a million pictures.
5. Choose the best three.
6. Share.
7. Enjoy
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Yea, mostly it's just take as many as you can and go with the big ones. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, but for me, most of them are curse words...
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #7
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Yea, mostly it's just take as many as you can and go with the big ones. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, but for me, most of them are curse words...
hahahaha! Thanks everyone. once I replace the light on the congo tank I'll start taking pictures, lots and lots of them.... maybe I'll even get to post one or two!
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Yea, mostly it's just take as many as you can and go with the big ones. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, but for me, most of them are curse words...
this is so true, patience is the key, cuz sometimes u get one thats almost perfect but other fish got on the way, atleast that has happened to me
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It also helps if your fish are comfortable with you being close to the tank. I drag a chair right up and commune with my fish whether or not I have my camera in hand.

Once you get the angle of the camera flash and your camera's particular setting down pat, you're good to go.
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Even with my DSLR I use the spray and pray most of the time. When I'm using a large aperture, say 2.8 or bigger, the plane of focus is so tiny that is the only way I get keepers. Also manual focus will help you land a better ratio of keepers.
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