how to take pictures of your corals (camera settings tutorial)

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  1. reynaldoramon

    reynaldoramon Well-Known Member

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    Holy...just read this. Snapseed is pretty awesome. Thanks for the tip.
     
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  2. terri_ann

    terri_ann Well-Known Member

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    I have the Nikon D5200 with the 18-55mm lens and Micro Nikkor 40mm lense. I have a floor and tabletop tripod. I am old and my eyes are not the best at perceiving colors, not color blind but do not always see all the colors like others do :9( My hands shake pretty bad also. So, I have several questions:

    1. should I buy a remote instead of trying to press the button? If yes, which one?

    I would like to tank pictures of my tanks and, corals individually where those corals would have a black background. I have taken a few portraits but that's it. I would like to make some photo albums from my pics:0) This is a something I would like to leave for my children and grandchildren some day:0)

    2. I read the entire thread but the camera settings have me going..."What does that mean?!" Can someone help me understand what I need to look for in the menu on my camera for ISO, RAW, Shutter speed, White Balance and anything else I might need to access? Do I go in to Reset Custom Settings?
    3. Can someone give me a starting point for the manual settings? Is manual the same as Raw?
    4. Do I need to use D-Lighting? All my tanks are lit with T5 lights.
    5. Do I need to do anything with the Color Balance?
    6. Filter Effects?
    7. NEF(RAW) Processing?

    (Note: I have never used anything like Photoshop so hopefully we won't have to go there!)

    Does anyone take their coral out of the tank to shoot them? I would like to do this for individual shots like zoas/palys, Acans, Duncans, shrooms, etc. If you do,

    8. How do you do it? Do you use a light or the flash?

    I'm sure I will have more questions but these will help me get started. Thanks for any help you might give! :0)
     
  3. Berlibee

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    1.
    You can use sync 2 seconds delay to not shake the camera during exposure.

    2.
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    Shutter Speed / F / ISO
    WB is the white balance - HDR OFF
    L must the the image quality, should be RAW I suppose in this camera.

    3.
    Manual is what are the image shooting settings are Shutter Speed / F / ISO
    RAW is what is the quality (type of file at the end ) of the image they're different things.

    4. I don't think so.

    5.
    Leave it as it is, you can correct the color balance in Lightroom later.

    6.
    Nope.

    7.
    RAW.

    Don't take corals out of the tank for shooting. :)
     
  4. terri_ann

    terri_ann Well-Known Member

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    Berlibee, I'd like to thank you for responding... "Thank You!!" The picture you posted in #2 is what my settings should look like, correct? I had no idea that manual and raw were not the same! I thought Raw meant that a person had to set the the shutter speed, F stop, etc manually! Thanks again!!!
     
  5. Berlibee

    Berlibee ReefHacks Team R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor Build Thread Contributor

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    You're welcome. Good luck. :) I would watch something like this at your place:
     
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    scardall Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    What does setting your camera to Raw do for you. I have a panasonic DMC-LX7 camera. Thanks.
     
  7. Berlibee

    Berlibee ReefHacks Team R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor Build Thread Contributor

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    RAW have much more information inside, so you can adjust it later during the post-processing.
     
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  8. terri_ann

    terri_ann Well-Known Member

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    Oh Wow Berlibee!...a video!!! Thanks!!!:D:):D
     
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    This was SOOOO informative, thanks to all that contributed!!
     
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  10. EquinsuOcha

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    Any suggestions for taking pictures under LED lighting... having a killer time trying to get decent pictures.
     
  11. Ferozkaamil

    Ferozkaamil Active Member

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    Go to youtube and look for
    Cj aquarium he has pretty good video about how to take pictures and video might help you out
     
  12. EquinsuOcha

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    he has some great tips for the iphone that's for sure. I browsed his page do you have a link for LED specifically from him?
     
  13. Ferozkaamil

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    No I don't have.
    You can send him msg he might do a video
     
  14. EquinsuOcha

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    ^ SMH why did I think of this haha.
     
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    Canon Rebel t2i with ef 100mm f/2.8L macro lens
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  16. revhtree

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    Great shots!
     
  17. James Robert

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    This is what I needed. Very nice thread.
     
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  18. saltysilverado

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    Can someone tell me the best beginner camera with lens for under $450/400?
     
  19. Salt Creep

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    I would like to know too... I want to upgrade from my cell phone shots and get great macros of my SPS that shows the tissue and polyps in high detail close-up. I am doing research on the Nikon D3300. Would be in your price range with money left over for a nice lens.
     
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    My new elegance

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