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d4veh
10-31-2012, 04:56 PM
Hi

I have recently purchased a Nikon D5100 with an 18-105 lens....

does anyone have any tips for photographing fish in the aquarium....

Are then any sepcific settings i should be using ?

I have tried Macro and the Camera thinks it needs a flash....
But the images are dark and not always in focus !

Thanks
Dave

Bigrizo
10-31-2012, 06:03 PM
What's the F stop on that lens? You'll need to play around with the iso and shutter speed. Depending on your F stop and lighting you may have to lower or raise your iso. Speed will probably be good around 1/60-1/100. You'll go through a lot of shots but you will get the hang of it. I had that camera and it worked well with a lot of different lens. Someone broke into my old house and stole my entire set up.

raekit
11-01-2012, 12:58 AM
I'm still working it out as well...I have found it helps to have good tank lighting, clean glass or acrylic so your lens doesn't focus on it. Then I use a lens with a very low F stop (1.8), and set my camera on a high shutter speed (over 100 to not have blur), and play with my ISO. I have fairly low tank lighting so I use a high ISO. I shoot it all on manual mode, then I can tweak the settings more.

Good luck.

Here are a few of my shots:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_5246-2.jpg

Because my F stop was so low it was hard to find focus and the depth of field was super small.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_9754.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_9742.jpg

WhosUrdadi
11-01-2012, 03:20 AM
I'm still working it out as well...I have found it helps to have good tank lighting, clean glass or acrylic so your lens doesn't focus on it. Then I use a lens with a very low F stop (1.8), and set my camera on a high shutter speed (over 100 to not have blur), and play with my ISO. I have fairly low tank lighting so I use a high ISO. I shoot it all on manual mode, then I can tweak the settings more.

Good luck.

Here are a few of my shots:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_5246-2.jpg

Because my F stop was so low it was hard to find focus and the depth of field was super small.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_9754.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz131/raekit_photo/IMG_9742.jpg


the first picture is actually good...

try to set your vivid set up probably to almost max.

d4veh
11-01-2012, 06:21 AM
Thanks for the info guys.....

My lights are not very bright either so these tips are great...

I will be trying these out tonight.....after I have read the manual !

1711FM
11-01-2012, 01:23 PM
Keep em tips coming...
I just bought a new cannon E4, but everytime I took picture(s) is not as nice as when people took it in this forum. I guess practice makes perfect, but with good tips will help us practice faster :thumbsup: