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S Moore

Shooting Behind Glass at an Aquarium

I will be going to Shedd Aquarium next month and I would like to know how to shoot pictures behind glass. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

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9/28/2005 5:40:03 PM

Stephanie M. Stevens   I have gotten my best aquarium pictures when I had the camera lens pressed right onto the glass. This helps stabilize the camera, and keeps the flash reflection from showing up in the image. You may not be allowed to use a flash in the aquarium, so make sure you know the rules before you blind the animals. :) Good luck!

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9/28/2005 8:21:41 PM

Stephanie M. Stevens   P.S.: You may want to use manual focus. Auto likes to focus on the glass instead of what's behind it.

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9/28/2005 8:23:55 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Stephanie is right. Stay very close to the glass. If you have a "night mode" on your camera, use that. It works very well most of the time.

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9/29/2005 4:43:11 AM

Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/20/2002
  Might also try using yor circular polarizer during the shoot to lessen reflections.

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9/29/2005 6:09:15 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Use a lens hood (especially a rubber one) to get up to the glass and block reflections. A dark card or jacket can also be used to lessen reflections. A polarizer can also work, but the aquarium lights are not very bright and the loss of an additional 2 stops to the polarizer will give very long shutter speeds.

From the Shedd Aquarium Web site:
Can I take pictures? Yes, but for the animals' safety and comfort, please turn off your flash everywhere but in the Oceanarium and restaurant areas. No tripods are allowed either.

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9/29/2005 6:41:05 AM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  Turn your flash off first; it's pretty much useless with this type of photography. The rubber hood is a good thing. Use a higher ISO to achieve a faster shutter speed and a near wide-open aperture and don't pick on the fast movers unless you want a special-effects image:-)Good luck!

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9/30/2005 5:57:21 PM

Joseph Dlhopolsky   Try to take your shots with the lens as perpendicular to the glass or acrylic as you can. The greater the angle, the more likely you will have refractory effects, apparent as soft rainbow edges and overall softness. If you're using a flash, 90 degrees will make it likely that you get flashback. Get up close to the glass to minimize this or increase the angle. It's a tradeoff. Also, look for a spot that is not smudged by lollypop encrusted hands.

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10/4/2005 1:40:45 PM

eric brown   after reading all the great answer's i'd like to add try to shoot the slow moving fish as close to the glass as possible. some times the very basic's make a good shot great. i've found the farther from the glass the fish are the more blurring from thier movment I get good luck

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10/7/2005 9:31:28 AM

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