Photography help needed

Discussion in 'Photography' started by herkie, 6 Aug 2010.

  1. herkie

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    I have a reasonable camera with a standard lens but my photos are quite disappointing. Can you give advice looking at these photos. Like what was not done right or what to do improve?[​IMG]
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    To get more of the coral in focus you need to use a smaller aperture. By smaller aperture I mean a higher f-stop number. Set the camera on aperture -priority mode and set the aperture to around f8 to start off with. Look at the photo and adjust the f-stop accordingly. By reducing the aperture you will also reduce the shutter speed, so use a tripod to avoid blurry images.
     
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    Ja, that's what you get for using a Nikon :whistling:

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    Seriously, the D60 is a good camera, so there is no problem equipment wise...

    EXIF from the 3 photos show the following:

    First photo:

    Exposure Time = 1/20 second
    Lens F-Number = ƒ/5.3
    ISO Speed Ratings = 400
    Focal Length = 46 mm

    Second photo:

    Exposure Time = 1/1.3 second
    Lens F-Number = ƒ/5.6
    ISO Speed Ratings = 1600
    Focal Length = 55 mm

    Third photo:

    Exposure Time = 1/30 second
    Lens F-Number = ƒ/5.6
    ISO Speed Ratings = 1600
    Focal Length = 55 mm

    It looks like your camera is set to "automatic". This is not good for taking photos in an aquarium, as it has chosen VERY SLOW shutter speeds for these photos, thereby causing some motion blur and/or camera shake.

    I would recommend that you set the camera to shutter priority mode, and then set the shutter speed to at least 1/60 second. Then adjust the aperture and/or ISO for correct exposure.

    It will also help a lot if you could mount the camera on a tripod (then you could drop the shutter speed) and switch off all pumps in the tank whilst taking the photos.

    Hennie
     
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    Good answer
     
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