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    Some advice if possible

    Hi people.
    I have an Fugi film s 5500.
    I like to take pics of my tropical fish.
    They are hard to photograph as they are moving targets.
    Can anyone tell me what settings I should use or is it a matter of take 100's delete the crap and get 1 maybe 3 good shots.
    Oh and I don't have a tripod so I try and rest the camera on a chair or anything at the right hieght.

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    When you buy a tripod (yes, you will) buy a GOOD one to start with or after 3 months you'll be rather cranky you wasted $60 on a heap-o-crap.

    As for your photos if someone could tell me how I'd love it but unfortunatly all you can really do is keep practising! I take 100+ photos on almost every trip and end up with 3 maybe 5 good shots.

    Cheers.

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    Thanks Craigus, thats what I thought.
    Also what is a good tripod. How can I tell the diference?

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    I just bought a Velbon - Sherpa 250R @ $179 I think it's a choice for the money. Probably the biggest thing to look for in a tripod is the construction of the head, you don't want a plastic head I can assure you.

    Cheers.

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    Hi - I recognise you from ACE forums.

    Firstly you don't need a tripod. In fact a tripod is more of a hindrance than a help. I'll give you a couple of options:

    1 - Using on-camera flash:

    Set to ISO 200
    Set camera to aperture priority, around f11 to f14 (varies with different cameras and lenses) - you'll need to experiment.
    This will give you a shutter speed of around 1/100 sec or faster - plenty fast enough to hand-hold without a tripod.
    Use flash! - However, diffuse it by placing a piece of tissue paper over it (don't let it touch the front glass of the flash though - could burn out your flash. Alternatively, you could cut a plastic milk carton up and fashion a diffuser from the opaque plastic - works very well.
    Shoot at a slight angle to the tank - enough to bounce the flash effect away from the camera.
    Move the tank lights towards the front of the tank - this helps you focus and gives the background that dark look.

    2 - Using off-camera flash

    Buy a remote flash - preferably wireless.
    Place it above the tank, and using the same setup as above, take your shots. Note - the fish should be more towards the bottom of the tank than the top, otherwise they will appear burnt out. Wireless flash is fiddly, but gives better results. Don't try it until you get the hang of on-camera flash.

    The results:

    On-camera flash only



    Using remote flash above the tank:






    Using 2 remote flashes, one above and one in front of the tank:




    ALWAYS focus on the eyes - as long as the eyes are sharp, the image will be acceptable. I don't know much about your camera, so experiment with manual and autfocus modes.

    Set your WB to "flash" or alternatively shoot Raw if your camera supports Raw.

    Hope this helps

    Cheers, Frank

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    Franks advice appears to be very logical, and makes very good sense....why? I have no idea on shooting fish


    ....but his results speak for themselves!

    Great shots there Frankman
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    Great tips and very nice shots Frank!

    I've never shot a fish in my life so I'm glad you chimed in.

    Cheers.

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    Thanks Frankman, I've had a few goes at shooting aquarium fish and none of my shots are much chop.............. now I'm willing to try again

    thanx mate.
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    Gooday frank.
    What username do you use for ACE?
    Also thanks for the tips.
    I will try to find out how to do the technical stuff and settings on my camera. Just reading up on the on-line manual now. Pages and pafes of stuff.
    The difuser idea sounds good.
    Drinking milk is now funnily a priority. Only 1.8 lts to go.
    Cheers

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    I go under the name "fman" at ACE. Reading manuals is boring, though useful. Just keep practicing and trying different things. If you need more help, just PM me. Glad to help anytime.

    PS Kahlua and milk, Baileys and milk, Tia Maria and milk - yeah I know "chick drinks", but better than plain milk.

    Cheers, Frank

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    what's Ace? Forgive the n00b

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    Ollé

    This is ACE:

    http://www.aceforums.com.au/

    It's a fish site with a good photography section in the forums.

    Cheers, Frank

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    Cheers for that, Frank.

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    Although this topic is a little old, here is something interesting I read about shooting fish in tanks.

    Get a lens hood and press it up against the glass. Apparently it stops any reflection problems.

    Never tried it myself but, the images I seen captured with this technique spoke for them selves

    Michael.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sans2012
    Although this topic is a little old, here is something interesting I read about shooting fish in tanks.

    Get a lens hood and press it up against the glass. Apparently it stops any reflection problems.

    Never tried it myself but, the images I seen captured with this technique spoke for them selves

    Michael.
    Sounds like a very practical method. Although, it may not work as well with petal lens hoods.
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    Awesome shots there and good tip with the milk carton

    Good to see some more ACE guys here.

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