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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Reflection, and dense shadow (pics)

Im having hard time getting a good image of my tank. Looks great in person, but when I photograph it, I get reflections and heavy shadows which make it look bad.

Best I can do is shut the blinds, then snap the shot, but im getting the reflections from the room.
And should I add paper to the back and sides?

(I only have an Iphone, and cant justify a camera only for the tank).

There is actually a cave in the background (the path leads tot he opening).
Would adding more lights on the top help?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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If I shut the lights off in the room, I still get some reflections, and the whole tank is extremely dark:

Cave picture

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 06:06 PM
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Your tank does look really nice. Since you are using the phone's camera, it will simply meter the light around and dictate what it feels should be the best exposure settings. with my DSLR, I can choose to underexpose the shot, and usually am able to minimize the overexposed areas. You can also try editing software to see if you can adjust it a bit.

A camera purchase is always justified.
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from the picture, it looks like you are using flash too. You have turn off your flash when are taking picture thru glass

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-18-2013, 12:18 AM
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Your tank is beautiful! If it were me, I would search for a free HDR app for your iphone. These are not true HDR photos but it might get you closer to the look you want-- lightening the shadows and darkening the highlights. You just need to find a way to keep the phone as still as possible (resting it on an object works) while it takes the three (or however many) images.

Alternatively, you can adjust your photos in an editing program, or even intentionally bracket three photos and take them into Photoshop to combine them if you have Photoshop.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 10:32 AM
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Yep more light from above, turn off flash, turn off all lights in room, stabilize phone with a monkey grip....also do not use zoom feature on phone. Thats as good as its gonna get with an iphone. Good luck
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