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Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jason, May 19, 2014.

  1. Jason

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    OK i have a half decent camera and some ok lenses but when taking pictures of tanks all the equipment is as good as the user, say no more ;)

    what i want to know is what do you use?, what settings do you use? etc.
     
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    Hi I use a Olympus e450 I set the camera first the light settings from auto to 6600k fluorescent lighting or 5400k for flash shots Plus set the exposure button to -0.3 to -0.7 this seems to give me the photo colour i want:) Most of my shots are with the macro setting on the mode dial

    Still learning myself. I only took the odd pic before starting with Aquascaping and doing W-K But in order to share my tanks and W-K i had to improve my photography. Starting to get the hang of it now :cool:
     
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    Hi there!

    Here is a photo ducomentation how Takashi Amano and his little helpers do their photos. It's in german, but I think you can easily translate it with google translater or something else.

    Fotoshoot - Just Aquascaping

    At the moment I'm using a Sony Alpha 37 with 18/55mm lens, but I'm planing to buy me a real wide-angel lens.
    I try to lighten my tanks as good as possible and block off light from behind and beside the camera when I do photos. ISO 100 - 200, lens f5 / f6, shutter speed is about 1/100s.
     
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    Hi Andy, Super helpful info. Thank you for sharing:)
     
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    Thanks for the link going to have a look now :)

    Ill also try these settings as I also use sony (A77)
     
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    Hi everybody,
    as Jason wrote, user makes the photo look way it is. But I - who do not posses the photo skills - have to start with learning and trying and trying.

    I use a Nikon D5100 together with 2 lenses, 18-105mm and 35mm. When taking a photo of my planted tank, I would say tripod is a must. Of course user or photographer can be very inventive - f.e. ironing board as a tripod. :)
    For most photos I use 18-105 lens. But when I need to take some "action" I use my 35mm lens, f1.8, which allows me fast shutter speed /and low ISO/. Since it is just 35mm I also add some close-up lens and I can get decent photos.
    For those who do not have a macro lens (I don't), there is also a possibility to use a reverse ring /or extension tube - but you loose light/. For now I am doing well with close-up lenses /cheap ones from china... for my photos it suffices/. I also use a light box /when I photoshoot plants in pots/ which allows me to have diffused light and nice background. Mostly I shoot RAW and edit it in Lightroom, sometimes PS.

    When taking something static, low ISO /and tripod + long shutter shutter speed/ is your friend. When shooting something fast, ISO goes higher or really high together with shutter speed. :) Most photo editors can reduce noise pretty decently so It should not be a problem.

    And aperture depends on "effect" you want to have.

    Planted tanks I shoot at night - because during the day glass reflects almost everything.

    Oh, and one more thing - patience is a must. :)
    And now some photos, nothing fancy...but...

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    First - in lightbox, 18-105mm, tripod, long shutterspeed, ISO 100

    Cryptocoryne_affinis_subm_Karel_ed_DSC_2313-2_v2.
    Second - in tank, 18-105mm, tripod, low ISO, long shutterspeed

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    Third - some action :) , 18-105mm, close-up lens, high ISO, fast shutterspeed

    DSC_2061-2_ed.
    Fourth - some action :) , 35mm, close-up lens, not so high ISO, fast shutterspeed

    Kettle_cryptocoryne_wendtii_mi_oya_2013_jan_29_DSC_1260_v3.
    Fifth - pseudo-macro, 18-105mm, tripod, close-up lens, low ISO, long shutterspeed, small aperture
    ... unfortunately not so sharp... maybe next time... or will photo edit it a bit more​
     
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    This is great michal thank you I think one of my main problems is back ground light / reflections. So I think photos at night will improve things a lot when taking tank shots.

    I do also have a cheap light tent in the attic that will be perfect for wabi / individual plant shots I need to look for it.
     
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    Hi Jason, I always try and take tank photos at night. The glass reflects to much light during the day
    A Light tent :cool:Great idea for taking W-K pics:rolleyes: Any idea how much they cost ??
     
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    Silly money for a basic one. Ill be back with a link :)
     
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    You can buy it in some shop specialized on photography /it costs 2 or 3 times more/, or you can buy some cheap ones on e-bay from China or Taiwan. I bought mine there. Prize depends on size, but lets say it start on 8-10 EUR. I think I have 40 cm large and it is enough for me. And you can pack it into a really small package. But you need some sources of light to put near (ideally around) the light box / light tent.

    This is what I am talking about /the photo is not mine/:
    http://vonkonow.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/lightbox.jpg

    .. and of course... you can have a diy light box from some old paper box and using some kind of fabric or paper.

    As a light source I use regular desk lamps and then I correct white balance in my laptop.
     
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    Michal I noticed that in the picture you posted that all lights are also off except for the light box. Must definitely be my problem when doing photography in doors anyway?
     
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    Hi Jason, All lights off is best :) I even use a stepladder at the moment to place a flood light on:eek: To stop or give more shadow. Well when the Wife is not there to hold it :D
     
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    Hehe thanks
     
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    Speaking of light box...I want as much light as possible so I take these photos during the day. And I also add artificial lights. But I am speaking about plants in pots. But maybe when you play with shadows, you will take them at night as Roy wrote. I am not interested in shadows since I want detail of whole plant in a pot.

    On the other hand, containers for wabi-kusa are mostly from glass so taking a photo at night could be the way to avoid reflections.

    Edit: So I think It depends on the thing you want to photograph.
     

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