View Full Version : Tank/Fish pics and a cry for help (I'm bad at this)

10-28-2008, 12:22 AM
Here is a pic of my 20 gallon soon to be gourami, rasbora, cory community. I know the pic is bad, but sadly it was the best I took. :14: What do you all think of the decor?

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/515/thumbs/tank_sharper.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=9478)

Here is my male dwarf gourami (also a bad pic)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/512/thumbs/male_gourami_fixed.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=9479)

And one of the girls... (equally bad)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/512/thumbs/female_gourami.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=9480)

So following all this, any tips on making my pictures better. I'm having trouble with lighting and only have the flash attached to my camera. Thanks!

10-28-2008, 01:39 AM
Hey gourami girl. I have the same issue - I can't take a good pic of the tank, the fish or anything to save my life!!
Sounguru has written a very indepth article on taking good pics. Have a look here http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=31875
Sorry I can't help anymore but yeah I just take 10000000s of pics to get one half decent one.

10-28-2008, 10:37 AM
Yup, I've looked over that primer. It's good, but somewhat above my level, I think, lol. Now that it's done I might be able to use the information at the end to help set my camera. And I do think that I need to really work on staying still while taking my pictures. Maybe I'll set the camera on a book or something so I'm not holding it.

The biggest problem I think I'm having is with lighting (and this is where the primer isn't really helping b/c I don't have a seperate flash). I tried shooting at an angle through the glass to stop the glare, but it doesn't seem to be working. When I turn off all the lights around the room, the hood light is way too bright on the tank. I set the light on my HOB filter as suggested, but then the tank is too dark.

Any specific comments on how to help the lighting issue?

10-28-2008, 03:11 PM
What kind of camera do you have?
Do you live in an eartquake zone lol?
Yes find a way to hold steady!
I wait until night time to take pics,no reflections that way.
I also do not use a flash!
To avoid the tank light stay near the top of the glass aiming downward slightly.
Your fish pics look really good!

Sir Tristen
10-28-2008, 03:33 PM
If the light is too bright, you could try diffusing it by placing a thin, white material under it. But hopefully who knows a little more (i.e. sounguru, fishalicious) can help you a bit more.

mrs fishpatrick
10-28-2008, 03:52 PM
the pics are not that bad!

10-28-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'll be sure to try them out.

Northernguy, I don't live in an earthquake zone, just drink too much coffee, lol!

I don't know what camera I have off the top of my head, I'll check once I get home and report back in.

Thanks again... have a pumpkin (pumpkin)

10-28-2008, 08:13 PM
Are playing with us when you are suppose to be hard at work!:18:

10-28-2008, 09:34 PM
Are playing with us when you are suppose to be hard at work!:18:

lol, shh don't tell anyone. In seriousness, though, my work's pretty flexible, so I'll come on to browse and do a quick reply while I'm working on the computer. My boss is more of the "if you get good results, then you're a good worker" mindset than the "everyone has to be working at every moment" mindset. It's good. I hated jobs I had when I was younger where you had to look busy even if you had nothing to do.

Anywho... my camera's an Argus QC5340. Doesn't mean much to me, but I got it as a gift from someone who knows about cameras so I assume it's pretty good.

10-28-2008, 09:46 PM
It's good. I hated jobs I had when I was younger where you had to look busy even if you had nothing to do.

i had one of those jobs, it sucked pretending to be busy for 8.5 hours having NOTHING to do, and the manager would say look busy. the job pi55ed me off in many ways so i quit

my current jobs good. if youve got nothing to do, grab a drink and sit til theres something that needs to be done. you get a list of work to do, and if youre done early, go sit down and have a drink and leave a bit early. i got a overtime a few weeks ago 230pm-730pm and i did barely anything til 430, i helped a few other employees do some light work but thats it

anyways, you take good pictures, especially the 1st gourami one

10-28-2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks to everyone for the encouragement that my pictures don't stink as much as I think they do. I guess I just think there are so many ways to make them better, and it was frustrating that out of the 50ish I took only those 3 were halfway decent. Really makes me appreciate Sounguru and Fishalicous's pictures!

Sir Tristen
10-29-2008, 04:07 AM
Just ease off the coffie! :c3:

But, like everyone says, the pic you are now using of your avatar is pretty good!

11-23-2008, 03:02 AM
i like how the tank looks

11-23-2008, 10:59 PM
Don't worry gouramigirl I could only understand parts of the photo primer too ;). I think your pics are great as well. But yeah I shake really badly too (Go coffee!!!) but I try books or the tank, or shelf or something to lean the camera against. And it's ok - it's a digital camera so it doesn't matter if you take thousands of pics - imagine if you had film to develop!!!

11-23-2008, 11:29 PM
Hi Gourami girl, looking through your pics they are mostly pretty good,
your blue dwarf gourami is excellent, I can see you are having a few
probs with your flash (as most folk do) on gold, silver and light coloured fish.
As Sir Tristan said a good way to counteract this is by diffusing the
flash and setting it to a lower setting if you have one?
You can diffuse your flash by taping some tissue paper lightly over the flash
(be careful it dosn't overheat) experiment with different amounts of tissue
and see what works best with your flash.
Getting some extra light into the tank from another source also helps with
fish pics, you could try a desk lamp, just don't let it fall in the water.
good luck with the pics.

11-24-2008, 02:35 AM
Your pics are alright. very nice tank.

Looking forward to some up dates.