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Marine Aquarium Photography: The Basics of Exposure

Reef tanks can be quite challenging to shootAt its core, the reef aquarium hobby is a pursuit of aesthetics. We seek out visually appealing fish and corals and look for inspiration in other aquarists’ tanks. More and more reef hobbyists want to share their hobby with others online, and that’s when things fall apart. It is not that there’s a problem with the reef tank, but that the photo taken doesn’t do the real thing any justice. Sometimes, the photo just comes out with the colors wrong or the exposure messed up so the bright areas are just lost in overexposed blotches. There have been times when people show me pictures of coral they found online and I have to explain to them that in real life, it will not look like that because most of the aesthetics that grabbed their attention in the first place were visual artifacts in the taking of the photo that exaggerated the color. Most of the time, this is unintentional on the part of the photographer.Our reef tanks happen to be among the most challenging subjects to shoot. Chief among these challenges is the fact that our aquariums are dark subjects.

How to: Take Extreme Macro Coral Photos

Canon EF MP-E camera lensHere at Tidal Gardens, much of what we do revolves around our ability to take nice looking photos and videos. Every now and again, we are lucky enough to pick up a new piece of equipment that allows us to shoot from a truly different perspective. The latest gizmo is a new macro lens for ultra close shots, the Canon EF MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro. The MPE is unlike any of the other lenses made by Canon. It has a single magnification ring that allows the lens to extend from 1x to 5x. At the 5x magnification, the Canon MPE 65 is almost a foot long and incredibly challenging to operate. There are a few reasons for this. First, the lens is also extremely sensitive to the slightest bump, making a tripod necessary.

How to take picture of our aquarium: photography course part II – The Pictures

The photo is of the beautiful tank of Paolo Marzocchi After the great success of the previous section that talked about the general theory of photography and the basics to get great photos, and I recommend you to read if you had not yet done to better understand what I write in this article. I’m going to talk strictly about how to get good photos in aquarium, with many practical examples.… More:

How to take a picture of your aquarium: photography course part I

 During my visit to the eighth edition of Salento Aquarium, a show in Italy, I did a lesson on a subject that I really like “Aquarium, how to take pictures“, and are therefore here, as promised, to propose a mini-course as a guideline how to photograph in the aquarium, getting the best with our equipment, obviously the course is open to all, since most of what is written applies to any photographic genre, even though the examples will focus on the photographs in the aquarium. I hope that the course will be useful and that you enjoy reading it, and if you have any requests please leave your comments. This is the first part that covers the basics of photography, the choice of lenses and the setting of the camera, the second part will address specifically the photographs in the aquarium, going into the details of how to photograph aquariums, fish and corals , and the last part will cover instead the development of the digital negative, the RAW file.… More:

Aquarium Photography Guide: Part II The Big Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO

PART II – The Big Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO

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  If you missed the first part, you can find it here:
 Part III:http://www.reefs.com/blog/2011/12/02/aquarium-photography-guide-part-iii-white-balance-headache/ Part IV http://www.reefs.com/blog/2012/01/11/aquarium-photography-guide-part-iv-lenses/

That new shiny camera you just got for the rest of your hard earned money may seem at first like an airplane cockpit with all those numbers, letters, dials and buttons on it, but after you actually grab that manual that is still wrapped in plastic foil, read it through and then read another one on the net, things clear up a little bit. Photography equipment has changed drastically over the decades since Joseph Niepce first saved an image on a photographic medium with camera obscura in year 1814.  On the other hand, all cameras still work by the same basic principals they did when they first entered the mass market. It is important to know and understand… More:

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