Whether you have a point and shoot camera, or a digital SLR w/ or without a macro lens.......here are some tips to figure out how to shoot pictures of your corals. Keep in mind, I am mostly familiar with Canon camera's.......if you have a Nikon.....and know these settings should be the same......although they may be labelled or marked differently. setting up the equipment: -set the camera up on a tri-pod -turn off ALL pumps providing any kind of water circulation -make sure the lens is perpendicular to the glass....if its at an angle...this will distort the picture and make it look blurry -set the lens zoom and focus to manual, and adjust by hand by looking through the eye piece. camera settings: -shoot at the highest/finest/largest setting possible (RAW if possible) -Auto White Balance should be fine to shoot in (if you get advanced enough you can mess around with this setting) -set ISO to 0 for now, but if shots are coming out too dark or blurry, you can adjust up to 200. any higher than 400 and pictures will start to look grainy. -set the shooting mode into APERATURE PRIORITY (Av mode on Canon camera's located on a dial on the top of the camera, by setting the f/stop manually, the camera will automatically adjust the shutter spead based on the available light) -set the f/stop of the camera to b/w f/9 and f/13. (the higher the f/stop, the smaller the aperature....and the greater the depth of field....however....as the depth of field gets larger, the sharpness will degrade........thus f/9-13 seems to be a good sweet spot for coral shooting) -use the self timer function....so when you press the button the camera will count down before taking the picture -MAKE SURE TO TURN THE FLASH OFF Post-picture Processing: -if you took the picture at a higher setting, you will need to shrink the picture to 800x600 pixels in order for proper web page viewing. this will also make the file size smaller. -adjust brightness, contrast, expsure, white balance, tone, color saturation etc. (takes some trial and error before you know what you are doing) -make sure to convert any RAW images to JPEGS, after making your adjustments. Advanced Settings: -exposure settings......normally this should be set to 0 Ev/Av. but you can play around with this if certain parts of your picture look too over exposed or under exposed. - (for canon dSLR's) - set "long exposure noise reduction" to ON, set "mirror lock up" to ON this is a wonderful website that explains everything in detail. http://www.ximinasphotography.com/lessons/index.html if you have anything to add, feel free to post. i will sticky this thread.