I have a Coolpix 5700 which offers a lot of photo taking options and has been great for travel photos. BUT...I keep aquariums and frequently take photos of the inhabitants and despite adherence to the manual's instructions, the closeup photos are never what they ought to be. They aren't clear and crisp and I can't get up as close as I should be able to get. Closeups posted in the Reef forums that I frequent by people using Kodak and other consumer grade cameras are FAR better than I seem to be able to take with this Nikin. Obviously, the photos are through glass, but that's the case with everyone taking such photos....Anyone have the NIKON SECRET?
#1. "RE: Aquarium closeups?" | In response to Reply # 0dwig Registered since 30th May 2004Sun 30-Oct-05 02:31 PM
There aren't any special Nikon rules. Just follow the basic rules for aquarium photography:
1. NEVER under any circumstances use the camera's built-in flash. Light from the top and/or the sides, but not from the front of the tank. It is possible to light from the front of very large tanks, but only if steps are taken to avoid reflections such as the rubber lens hood method mentioned in #5, below.
2. Always shoot straight into the tank. Do not shoot at an angle to the aquarium's glass.
3. Clean the aquarium glass, both inside and out.
4. Completely darken the room to help avoid reflections.
5. Either use a rubber lens hood and keep the front of it in contact with the glass or wear dark clothing and preferably use a remove release to avoid your body and hands adding to the reflections on the glass.
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#2. "RE: Aquarium closeups?" | In response to Reply # 0zztop252 Registered since 24th Jul 2004Mon 31-Oct-05 07:49 PM
Are you using the macro (yellow tulip) mode when you take your photos?
I take closeup photos of birds on my window sill in aperature priority mode with my coolpix 4500 set to the yellow tulip mode. This allows me to take photos through the glass window with the birds often just and inch away on the other side. It works very well.
#3. "RE: Aquarium closeups?" | In response to Reply # 2MrZoanthid Registered since 30th Oct 2005Tue 01-Nov-05 02:37 AM
Thanks for the replies. I do generally shoot without the flash. I have metal halide lighing on the tank so it's quite bright and certainly enough for photo-taking. I do follow the other measures listed.
I have used that closeup setting but it doesn't seem to make closeups through the fairly thick glass (it's a 120-gallon tank) easier.
Just by way of example, here's a photo someone posted in a reef forum...a closeup of a coral.
I'm able to take reasonably good photos of coral in my reef but I have to be about 18 inches back from the subject and when I use the close-up mode setting with the flower icon, if the coral isn't close up to the front glass, it doesn't make any difference in focusing on it. In any event, I can't seem to ever get a close-up of the kind of clarity and quality that you see there in that photo. Any other ideas would be appreciated. Thanks again.
#4. "RE: Aquarium closeups?" | In response to Reply # 3zztop252 Registered since 24th Jul 2004Thu 03-Nov-05 12:19 PM
Maybe your answer can be found in this forum, "The Reef Tank".
Hope you figure things out.
#5. "RE: Aquarium closeups?" | In response to Reply # 4cup Registered since 22nd Feb 2008Wed 27-Feb-08 10:57 AM
I have found a post on Aqaurium shootings here
it is not specific to Nikon but they link to a detailed article on how to take aquarium photos and suggest a photos competitions so it sound like a challenge.