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How Do You Get A Decent Picture?!?!?!?!


kelz0429

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I have NEVER been able to get a good picture of a fish, and it is beginning to drive me MAD! I tried to take some pics of my new arrival, SuperBad, and THIS is what I ended up with:

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What camera settings do those of you who get such great pics use? I need to learn your tricks!

Thanks!

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I have NEVER been able to get a good picture of a fish, and it is beginning to drive me MAD! I tried to take some pics of my new arrival, SuperBad, and THIS is what I ended up with:

IMG_1641.jpg

IMG_1628.jpg

IMG_1644.jpg

IMG_1624.jpg

What camera settings do those of you who get such great pics use? I need to learn your tricks!

Thanks!

Awww there soo cute. I know what u mean I cant either get nice pics from my 2 fishes only if i video camera them... there tiny also and its harder...

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I know what you mean. It's really hard to get a decent pic when they keep moving! LoL. It took me probably nearly a hundred shots before getting a decent pic of one of my fish before. Too many blurry shots... If there is an setting on your camera for action or something with a fast shutter speed, that may help if your fish doesn't really stay still.

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Tonight, I was using my Canon A720. I tried Shutter Priority mode first with manual focus and STILL was unable to get a good shot. I think the problem is the swimming back and forth from the front to the back of the tank. Because of this, I can't seem to hold the focus. I also played around a bit with a few of the Scene modes, namely Kids and Pets and Aquarium.

I haven't had luck with Macro, as my camera likes to focus on the spots and blemishes on the tank ;) I LOVE macro mode though--I use it constantly!

Does anyone have a magic combo of settings? I can go full manual, so please share!

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If your main problem is the focusing on fish moving around, you could try setting the image size & quality to highest, then shooting from a farther distance. Afterwards you can crop the image in the PC manually.

If the lighting is not ideal, setting the exposure lower could also help as it in turn increases the shutter speed. Increasing the ISO might also help.

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Your fish is cute. I always set my digicamera to a sports setting so am more likely to get a decent shot tho not always succesfully. patience I find is one of best things to do when taking fish pics :)

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i would suggest investing in a DSLR if you are really interested in fish taking.. with an SLR, the shutter speed and ap can be manually adjusted..

take a look at the pics i took.. although not the best but still ok..

www.flickr.com/photos/simliangyi

then settings are beside the photos..

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I LOVE macro mode though--I use it constantly!

Me too :heart I got a little tripod for Christmas so now I can take super macros!

I have a canon too and have more trouble getting pics of my fish with that than I did with my old dinky Kodak. Some days some settings seem to work, but not so much on others. I have been able to use the macro with success, but the fish need to be close to the glass. Does yours have the 'iso' setting? I have found that playing with that works too. (as you've probably guessed, I'm not too camera savy, haha).

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use auto focus, make sure u press halfway of the shutter to focus on the fish b4 you take the picture

turn on more lights in the room, if can't, use a higher ISO but higher ISO will yield a grainy photo

try Av mode on your canon and use the lowest aperture value

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