Compact photography

Dan Walter

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Can anyone give me any tips for taking good shots of my tank with my compact?

My camera is a Panasonic DMC-FX12 and the current setting are:

"Normal Picture"
Exposure +1
ISD100
No Flash

I'm not expecting anything too great but any advice would be welcomed? I seem to get better pictures with my iPhone!?!? Surely my compact is better than a phone camera!?

This is one I have just taken and it looks nothing like the tank does in real life..
P1040427.jpg


Cheers

Dan
 

Mark Evans

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everything seems fine exposure wise.

maybe place a piece of card @ the top of the tank to shield the light from the camera lens.

if you have a spare light kicking around, try placing that at the back of the tank to illuminate the lower half and try to eliminate the grey are at the bottom (rear)
 

Dan Walter

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Cheers saintly, I've been thinking about back lighting recently.. any suggestions for what type? I was thinking of some sort of LED's on the back of cabinet facing the wall.
 

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I'm not familiar with LED's. i do know though, either 24, 39 or 54wt5 depending on the tank size, works a treat. add a reflector too.
i'll post a pick shortly
 

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here you go. one i've installed recently.

back-light.jpg


without

without.jpg


with

with.jpg


it'll help folk with no additional lighting.

random.jpg


be sure to tape out the rear substarte line though. and use for when your at home or public viewing :thumbup:
 

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Hey Mark

That pic with and without the back light is really useful and you have just sold me on setting it up on my tank!

Thanks

Andy
 

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andyh said:
That pic with and without the back light is really useful and you have just sold me on setting it up on my tank!

Thanks
no probs Andy. it's a killer effect mate. Theres many of us doing it now. just black out the substarte line though to prevent any problems later on down the line :thumbup:
 

Dan Walter

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I cant believe the difference!? I've got a spare T8 unit kicking around somewhere that I'm sure could be modded to fit behind the unit.. Cheers for that mate ;)
 
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