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Zoltan Erdesz

How to Shoot in an Aquarium

I'm going to the Vancouver Public Aquarium, and would appreciate tips for shooting indoors of large fish tanks, sharks, etc. Also, I have DSLR Rebel. Thanks!

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2/24/2006 7:05:08 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  The trick to doing this successfully is to get (preferably) a rubber lens hood for your lens(es). Turn your flash off, get right up against the glass to eliminate reflections, take a meter reading, and blast away. No, you do not need a polarizer because you're going to be shooting directly against and through the glass. The lens hood also prevents you from scratching the glass. And ... bring along something you can use to clean the glass with - e.g. fingerprints, ice cream stains, mustard, etc. Yaknowhatimeanhuh?
Take it light.

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2/24/2006 7:28:16 PM

Zoltan Erdesz   Thanks, Mark. Great advice...

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2/24/2006 7:57:46 PM

Bob Cournoyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/9/2003
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  And if it's cool outside, like it is today in Tacoma, Wash... and the aquarium is warm/moist: Keep the camera in its case or whatever till it warms up to room temperature to prevent moisture on the camera.

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2/25/2006 8:40:48 AM

Phyllis C. Stockfisch   I just asked Jim Zuckerman the same question. He said to be sure not to shoot at an angle or it will distort the picture. It worked for me! By the way, pick up next months' Shutterbug, Jim said the he has an article coming out on how to shoot in an aquarium.

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2/28/2006 4:50:41 AM

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