Legendary Corals Camera Set Up - First Article on the Site!

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Hey there reefers!

I've started to work on making a couple of Articles for the website. They'll be centered around the most commonly asked questions I receive regarding the business. Things such as my thoughts on how to keep certain corals, what equipment choices do I use, and more in depth talk around certain things that might not cross most reefers minds.

The first article I'm adding to the website revolved around the Camera Gear + Equipment I use to take all of the photos for Legendary Corals. I get asked this a lot and ran into a thread where someone was asking for suggestions for a first time camera that wasn't a cell phone. I ran into this same problem when I decided to work towards better photos, so I replied my thoughts back to him. It ended up being more in depth than I originally intended, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing!

I figured it would be a good idea to store information such as that post as Articles to the website. So for anyone looking to get some insight on camera gear among the sea of suggestions, I invite you take a look at the Article. It should be about 4 minutes to browse through it, and hopefully it will help you with your decision making!

Feel free to leave some suggestions on future Articles you'd like to see, along with other comments and feedback!

Link to Article:

Examples of photos taken with the gear listed in the Article

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Darwin
 

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Great article. I have always enjoyed your pics. They never look super saturated or unnatural.
Now how do you get those fragpack shots? I have a similar setup canon with a 100mm. Most times I use a 60mm for multiple frags because I can’t get high enough with the 100mm. I also have a hard time getting them all in focus.
 
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Great article. I have always enjoyed your pics. They never look super saturated or unnatural.
Now how do you get those fragpack shots? I have a similar setup canon with a 100mm. Most times I use a 60mm for multiple frags because I can’t get high enough with the 100mm. I also have a hard time getting them all in focus.
Thanks man, I appreciate the comment! I'm always still learning.

I use a super wide lens for the big ones, it's a 24-70mm. I bought it for general photography as it's a great all in one lens, but it ended up being great for frag packs too. You just have to make sure you're looking straight down into the tank, as the water will show distortion if you're angled across the water surface too much. I use a small step stool so I can get pretty high up the tank.

For the smaller pack a 50mm lens will do great. My camera is a full frame, so it allows me to "see" more with my lenses.

Hopefully that helps out! You can also always take photos of each coral individually and then put them together as a collage.

Here's a pack with the 24-70, taken at 70mm
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And I combined individual macro-shots into one pack via a collage.
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Darwin
 

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