Enhancing photo's

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  1. Paul B

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    Now I realize that there are some really beautiful tanks on here out of the thousands of tanks we have featured, but I also notice that many of the photo's are enhanced through photoshop. Many corals are really colorful as are our fish but some of the shots are over the top. I see a lot of purple hippo tangs, fluorescent clowns and glowing mandarins A mandarin is arguably the most colorful fish and hippo tangs are certainly the nicest color "blue" but I have spent time under water with almost all the fish we keep and those fish are no where near the colors represented on some of these forums. Corals either. I even see photo's of my own tank posted in different places on the web and they are enhanced by others.
    It certainly makes it look more beautiful and the corals are radiant. But that is not how any of these things appear in nature.
    I just would like Noobs to realize that some of the tank photo's are photoshoped and your real life tank will never normally look like that.
    This is a real coral reef in Bora Bora with just the camera flash.
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    This is that same reef under the Tahitian tropical sun with no flash.
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    I recently took this in Hawaii in shallow water with no flash.
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    Seank, you are correct. That last picture I took in Hawaii with a Hero 2 camera with no flash, but the ones in Tahiti I used a regular, real underwater camera. Obviousely not a very good, real underwater camera. I remember when underwater camera's like the one you show were invented. (yes I am old) But I don't use one in my tank. I should though, maybe then my corals will light up. :biggrin:
     
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    Light, Water Clarity, and the Type of glass plays a Major role in good or bad Photos. Have seen it Numerous times. Most mistakes the people make, is to take a pic with White Balance on auto mode, and the different color fluorescents, combined with MH/LED "confuse" the camera sensor, hence the "Washed out" photos of Coral
     
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    Agreed with @seank. When I started underwater photography I used a point and shoot camera in auto mode. When I was not getting the results I wanted I upgraded to a full SLR type system shown above and many hours of reading and practising. It is possible to get good results without photoshop.
     
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    Oddly enough when I went on a dive trip in Tahiti, the best place I have ever dove, and a school of manta rays were with in touching distance. My flash croaked. That is also why that picture of those black tipped reef sharks is colorless. That was a film camera and I still have it but I never use it any more. My underwater photography phase of my life is almost over as I have been diving since 1971 and I am getting old. I bought that Hero3 camera just for the Hawaii trip and I knew it didn't have a flash. I still dive, but now just for fun or lobsters. I own my boat and equipment but you can't take underwater pictures here in NY as the visibility is measured in inches. My crab avatar was taken here from a couple of inches away.
     
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    Interesting that you wrote about the purple hippp tangs because that was something that bothers me a lot when taking pictures. I personally use my phones camera (s3) to take photos and 90% of the time my BLUE tang would appear PURPLE.
     
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    I wish there were purple hippo tangs. I would want one. :blush:
     
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    My Hippo Tang (for the 1st time since I got it a year ago) changed color the past few days. The black lines on the side of its body, became bright yellow, same color as his tail. He is still very happy though and fat. He changes back to black for a bit then change back to yellow. I have never seen this happen before. Do you know why Paul?
     
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    LOL just use a sony underwater camera in housing! Use the red/ orange snap on filter to filter out any blue effect from deeper ocean dives! Works like the BOMB!
     
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    Maybe he read this thread.:eek:

    I really don't know and I have been keeping them since the beginning.
     
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    There are mutations we find at purple with the usual black markings, maybe each three years on average we would find one like that and never any larger then 3 inches, I think they get predated on as they stick out and the others reject them.


    I use a 220 canon and its housing is small enough to fit into my wet suite pocket and I find it does the colours up close really well in even deepish water.
    The colours are pretty good even with such a small camera.
    One of my videos at depths from on top 45 feet to 80 feet then looking out at 110 feet at one stage.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201516146096757&set=vb.1569796931&type=2&theater

    Some reasonable stills.
    At 6 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201404067534863&set=a.10201219274675157.1073741837.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 30 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201224138476749&set=a.10201219274675157.1073741837.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 50 feet.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201219276235196&set=a.10201219274675157.1073741837.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 70 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201035159912403&set=a.10201035145032031.1073741833.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 80 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201035118551369&set=a.10201035105551044.1073741832.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 95 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201027651924708&set=a.10201027625804055.1073741826.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 105 feet
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201027695885807&set=a.10201027690045661.1073741829.1569796931&type=3&theater

    At 115 feet, not great now.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201027637124338&set=a.10201027625804055.1073741826.1569796931&type=3&theater

    For a cheap camera at $425au, with housing, it has reasonable quality and a lot of convenience!
     
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    PKC very nice pictures. I got a Hero 3 camera to take to Hawaii and I am happy with it as it too is very small. Like half the size of a deck of cards. But you can't put a flash on it which is stupid for an underwater camera.
    These were in shallow water in probably Kawai
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    I don't remember if this was that Hero camera or my Sony as I took both up in the helicopter.
    I was shooting with both hands out of each side.
    The stupid helicopter had windows so I had to shoot through those.
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    Nice pics Paul!
    For me i like the convenience rather then go for a high quality camera. Being able to have it small and in my pocket like its not there and doesn’t get in my way at all is great.
    This is my little camera.
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    Thats cool. I think my Hero 3 camera is even smaller than that. It is smaller than 1/3 a pack of cards
     
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    Geez that's small hey, it must be convenient and with separate housing as well, very nice!!
     
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    It takes great movies but it has no flash. I like the thing though.
     
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    Mine has a flash, but I have disabled it long ago, it would flatten my battery to fast.
     
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