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06-09-2003 02:03 PM
GulfCoastAquarian Must save up for camera with manual mode. My f-stop and shutter speed settings are automatic. Argh! Those are great examples, though!
06-09-2003 01:53 PM
Ghazanfar Ghori For macro shots, you need to switch into manual mode.
Set the shutter for 1/150 or so and the aperture to F 4.0 atleast.
That will 'freeze' the fish and increase the depth of field so that
if the fish is at an angle, the whole thing will still be in focus.
Depending on your light, you may need an external flash.
If you don't have an external flash, and your pictures are coming
out too dark with these settings, try F 3.0 and shutter 1/80 though
that may not work AS well as the other shots.

Compare these pics...
Top one, with autofocus, point&shoot setting, no flash
Bottom one with autofocus, manual settings, F Stop 4.0, 1/150, external flash
Notice that in the bottom picture everything is in focus whereas in
the top one, the eggs/leaf closer to the camera is blurry.

Photos taken with Sony DSC F707
06-09-2003 01:23 PM
GulfCoastAquarian The best success I have had with focusing is 1) to take a dozen pictures (a few of which, will be perfectly in focus) or 2) for a more sure method, mine has this feature where it will outline (with a small red box) in the viewfinder what it is focusing on. If you see it focusing on something in the foreground or back ground, hit the focus/shutter button again and it will try to find something else to focus on. Of course, for fast-moving fish, they will by now have moved on to the something more interesting than posing for you, but it works great for inanimate or slow-moving objects.
06-08-2003 04:49 AM
rumples riot Hi there,

I use a Kodak DX 3700. I have the same problem as Gulfcoastaquarian, in that I have trouble with the focus. This is the problem with point and shoot digitals.

Gulf coast maybe we can compare notes on our results. The manual for my camera is pretty limp to say the least.

05-29-2003 04:44 PM
GulfCoastAquarian That's a neat shot, Kyle. It's hard to catch the constantly-moving tetras. I've gotten a lot better at those kinds of close ups, but now I'm having a hard time taking whole-tank pics again! I can't get the light quite right.
05-29-2003 04:36 PM
KyleT I recently acquired a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9 and at only $400 I have been very pleased. I still haven't figured out all of the right settings but I will eventually.

This is probably my all time favorite shot:

To view it full size:
05-29-2003 04:22 PM
Alex I have a Canon A70, 3.2mp, lots of manual settings, works very well for a vareity of picture types.

05-29-2003 01:38 AM
cousin it I took delivery of a Olympus C4000z yesterday I've started playing with it and so far I am amazed at the quality of the pics I'm getting.
previously I was borrowing a friends c3030 so most of the settings are in the same order which has helped.
04-21-2003 02:03 PM
GulfCoastAquarian The DX4330. Check out some of the photos on my website. All were taken with my Kodak Easyshare DX4330. It's got impressive macro capabilities for the price. Which happnes to be about $250-$300.

Macro Picture (92KB - 900x757)
04-20-2003 05:07 AM
vfish2003 I had a Kadak easyshare cx-2400, but in fell in a basin of water and now i'm in the market for a new one, any suggestions?
03-18-2003 03:59 PM
GulfCoastAquarian My Kodak DX4330 takes excellent quality pictures. The clarity and color rendition are as good as I've seen. My problem is focusing. I need to read up on that TTL focus scheme.

I am finding out that the lens is where the quality is at. My aunt has a Sony with a Carl Zeiss lens that takes some of the most AMAZING macro shots imagineable. We're talking zooming in on your fingerprint! Sure, it's $1000 but that is going to be my next eventual step.
03-18-2003 02:27 PM
Hooked4Life I purchased an Olympus C-5050z about 2 weeks ago. This is a 5mp didigtal camera. My aquarium shots have not been impressive due to my harsh lighting (10k 65W CF right on top of the glass). I plan to move the light higher. This camera has every bell and whistle that you could imagine. I bought the camera for underwater photography.

Here are some samples:

I know that this isnt an aquarium, but its still a good picture. :P

03-17-2003 03:19 AM
geekgirl ROTFLMAO! Yes, self-portrait, but nothing nasty! :twisted: Actually when the babies I take care of were little, I used the rotating LCD to take pics of me and baby together. Now, I use it so they don't know I'm ready to take the picture. I can hold the camera out of their sight and still see the LCD.

Remember, this is the camera I use at WORK! :lol: No hanky-panky allowed, but now that you mention it... one more reason-HA! Can't do that with my SLR...

and the 5 shots out of 100 with actually fish still in the frame? I didn't say those are GOOD shots. :cry: To get one keeper I probably have to take a whole card full of pics with the camera I'm using. Even then it's crop, crop, crop, resize, color adjust, paintbrush... I HATE ART. :roll:

03-16-2003 10:32 PM
RayB Sunnysmom
ACTUALLY, your ratio of 5 outa 100 isn't too bad... The art of photography comes in the belief of "shoot, shoot....keep shooting". THAT is the extreme advantage of a digital camera. Personally, I use a Sony P9. Wifey gave it to me for Christmas. It took the place of a Mavica. THE new one I really like. AND, that's what I do when taking pictures....Shoot, shoot and shoot some more. Then I go to the computer to see what will be deleted. GOOD closeup photography takes TIME!!!!
03-16-2003 09:11 PM
I like the rotating LCD
...and why do you like that feature Stacey ? hehe... my wife yelled at me for that feature once... :lol:
The camera I borrowed from my buddy had that feature, I dont think they make it anymore. :evil:

Seriously though the C-4000 takes unbelievable quality shots and the "digital" zoom is phenomenal for closeups. Its a lot of camera for the money.

Buck 8)
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