THE FISH GALLERY
Below are links to pictures of some of my fish. I wouldn't presume to give anybody photographic advice; I'm not really a photographer at all, I'm just fortunate enough to have a really good digital camera (Sony Mavica CD300, 3.34 megapixel resolution) and I take lots and lots of pictures. That's the best thing about digital, you can take a hundred pictures, look at them right away, discard all the bad ones and keep the two that came out just the way you wanted. I CAN pass along a few things I've figured out, or that other people who are a LOT better at it have been kind enough to share with me. One thing that will really help you in a digital camera is the ability to manually adjust the exposure; especially in a tank with lots of light on it, if you shoot at normal automatic exposure parts of your picture are bound to be overexposed, and your beautiful stand of hydrocotyle will look like a white blob. If you're in the market for a digital camera and want to take pictures of your fish, that's the first feature to look for. The second is the ability to turn off the flash. The third: get the highest resolution you can afford. The bigger the image you can take, the better chance it has of turning into a good picture of an individual fish.
Some other tips for digitals:
1. In order to get a good picture, your water has to be clear. If there is any haze or cloudiness, no matter how slight, it will really be magnified by the camera.
2. Clean the front glass, inside and out. Even if it doesn't look very dirty, any spots or algae on the glass will cause the camera to focus on the glass rather than what's inside the tank, and you won't get a sharp picture.
3. Shoot your pictures after it's dark, and turn off all the other room lights (the TV, too!); turn off the flash on your camera if you can. If you have two watts per gallon or more and can adjust your exposure, underexpose the automatic setting by a half to a full stop. You can experiment with different exposures to see what works best for you.
A good photo processing program like Adobe's Photoshop can really help improve your pictures, but you've got to start with a picture that has good sharp focus. Fish are NOT real cooperative subjects; they won't hold still and they won't look at the camera and smile. The easiest way to get good, individual fish pictures is to take a high resolution shot of a larger area. If your focus is good, you can crop out that portion of the picture that contains the fish you're after, and if the image is large enough, you can wind up with a very nice shot.