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Old Apr 11, 2011, 8:15 AM   #1
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We're going to the Mall of America this weekend and going to the aquarium and I want to be able to get photos of the fish and what not but I'm not sure how? I have Canon Rebel XS
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 9:15 AM   #2
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We're going to the Mall of America this weekend and going to the aquarium and I want to be able to get photos of the fish and what not but I'm not sure how? I have Canon Rebel XS
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 10:05 AM   #3
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Hi MissKay,

I am not to familar with you camera's ability at ISO 1600 but you may need to go as high as you can and still get useable shots(maybe just 800 but try until you find a good combination).

I would get as close the the glass as possible. You will probably need a wide lens 50mm or less and wide open apertures. I would recommend using Manual mode and taking a few minutes to adjust the Shutter and ISO as needed at each tank if lighting is changing.

Also shoot in RAW with either auto WB or shooting a grade card. Then you will have more flexibility in adjusting both the white balance and exposure when you get back home.

Here are two threads that you should review if you have not done so yet...

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/an...hristi-tx.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-aquarium.html

Best of luck to you and post some images when you are done. I always enjoy seeing the fish.
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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A CPL will cut the reflection off of the glass, allowing a better view into the tank. It cuts some of the light as well, but there's no getting around it.
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Old Apr 14, 2011, 2:14 PM   #5
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I'm assuming you're talking about pictures through the glass. I was taught, if you can get right to the lass) to clean the glass and put the lens right to the glass (the barrel of the lens should keep your lens from touching the glass. This way you get less distortion and if you use camera's flash or external flash on the hot shoe, you don't get reflections. If you can't get up to the glass then use higher iso and no flash. Hey, when you get there, try a few didderent ways before your serious shooting. Digital film is almost endless and cost's nothing after the purchase.

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Get a cheap rubber lens hood for the lens you plan to use.
You can put the rubber up against the tank glass without damaging anything (camera or tank) and all unwanted reflections are gone.

Like this B+W 58mm rubber hood from B&H.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ng_Rubber.html
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Yup totally couldn't figure it out and ended up with some not so flattering photos sadly. I have A LOT to learn. Sigh I wish I could of done better.





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BUT you ARE learning and that's the important thing right
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