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I see all these great pics of fish and I always wonder what specs were used to take the pic. I think seeing examples of different parameters would greatly help in improving the quality of my pics.

Here are a few recent pics that I took using similar settings:

Canon eos rebel T1i
18-55mm lens (55mm focal length)
ISO 3200
1/400
f 5.4

Fish: Mixed African Cichlids




Any critiques that will help with improving the pics would be greatly appreciated as well.
 

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I'll give this a shot
Canon T2i 50mm aka Nifty fifty

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/80
Av( Aperture Value ) 1.8
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length 50.0 mm
Image Size 5184x3456
Image Quality Fine
Flash Off

Bosemani Rainbow Fish


Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/80
Av( Aperture Value ) 1.8
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length 50.0 mm
Image Size 5184x3456
Image Quality Fine
Flash Off

Sunburst "mickey Mouse" Platty


Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/80
Av( Aperture Value ) 1.8
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length 50.0 mm
Image Size 5184x3456
Image Quality Fine
Flash Off

Bosemani Rainbow Fish
 

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Nice pics! I love the 1st one, looks like he is dancing haha.

I am curious about the ISO 100, if I use ISO 100 with my camera I need to slow the shutter speed way down and the pic comes out super blurry.
 

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Nice pics! I love the 1st one, looks like he is dancing haha.

I am curious about the ISO 100, if I use ISO 100 with my camera I need to slow the shutter speed way down and the pic comes out super blurry.

My shutter speed was at 1/80 lucky for me the fish held still long enough to get a crisp shot.
I also think the difference in the lenses comes into play here I used a 50mm prime lens while you used the kit lens, my lens has a larger aperture at an F stop of 1.8 versus the kit lens at 5.4 I believe that allowed me to use an ISO of 100. If you had more light you should be able to get a crisper shot with that high of an F-stop. Then again I could be totally off base I'm still very new to this so hopefully someone will correct me if I'm too far off.

The only light in the room was coming from the tank the room lights were off. I have 16 3w Led's lighting the tank so there was plenty of light.

I'm barely even an amateur with the camera I'm still learning about the settings I just tried small adjustments until the pics started to look better and then adjusted some more, must have taken well over 50 shots just to get those 3. I got so so at taking portraits of the kids but this tank photography is much more challenging so many reflections from the tank and subject matter that refuses to cooperate.
 

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All shot with a Canon EOS 7D with an EF-s 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens at 55mm, ISO 1600 and on manual program. All are 100% crops.

The following are at f/5.6 and 1/30 sec ss
Porkchop Rasboras



Siamese Algae Eater


Shot at f/5.6 and 1/125 sec ss
More Rasboras


following shot at f/2.8 and 1/250 sec ss
Skunk Botia


Rasbora


White Cloud Minnow
 

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Some real nice images here. I personally love using flash, especially with fish. There's so much you can do to modify the light, and it allows you to stop down the aperture, drop that ISO and bring up that shutter speed.

Shot with Canon 350D, 50mm f1.8 I, canon 430ex I
1/200sec, ISO 100, f11





Shot with T1i, 70-200mm f2.8L, 430ex I
ISO 100, 1/200sec, f2.8



This shot was with my Sigma macro

T1i, 105mm Sigma macro dg ex f2.8, 430ex I
ISO 100, 1/200sec, f2.8

 

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Thanks dx3bash. The black background is definitely one of my favorite styles so i tried my best to replicate it.


T1i, 70-300mm, 430ex I
ISO100, f/8, 1/200sec


t1i, sigma 105mm macro, 430ex I
ISO100, f/2.8, 1/200sec


t1i, 70-300mm, 430ex I
ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/200sec
 

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Thanks dx3bash. The black background is definitely one of my favorite styles so i tried my best to replicate it.


T1i, 70-300mm, 430ex I
ISO100, f/8, 1/200sec


t1i, sigma 105mm macro, 430ex I
ISO100, f/2.8, 1/200sec


t1i, 70-300mm, 430ex I
ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/200sec
I'm gonna try that next. Awesome pics. Any tips on how to?
 

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Put the flash on top of the tank and shoot the flash down on the fish. Have the aperture set around f/5-22 to darken up the background and get the fish/flash area completely in focus. Take that shutter speed up and that ISO down.
 
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