Clicks for ...

Home Page
 
Search this Site

  Koi for Sale
The Show Archive
  MP3 PodCasts
  iTunes & iPod
 
Tropical Fish Information.

Links to ...

Interviews
  Discus Fish
  Breeding Rams
 
Buying Angelfish
  How to be a Volunteer
  EcoBio-Blocks
  Piranha Realm
  One And Only
  CKNX Radio

  Ocean GEOtronic
  Breeding Ancistrus
 
Breeding Convicts
 
Saltwater Aquarium
 
Visiting a Fish Breeder
 
Breeding Angels
 
Breeding Cory Catfish
 
Training Fish
 
Rockfish
 
Jelly Fish!
 
Sea Dragons
Special Shows
  Live Foods
  Buying Used Aquariums
 
Denitrification
  Aquarium Photography
  Cyanobacteria
  Mbunas Spawning
 
Malawi Bloat
  Fish Shapes
 
Killifish
 
Breeding Oscars
 
Aquarium Water
 
Building a Fish Room
  Mbunas of Lake Malawi
 
Get Rid of Small Snails
 
Guppys & Mollies
 
Stingrays
 
Starting a Pond
 
All about Fish Bowls
 
Betta Fish Info
 
How to Breed Fish
 
Shrimp Eggs
 
The 7 Essentials

 
Your New Aquarium
 
Champion Koi
 
How to Move Fish
 

Buy Cichlid Stones - Aquarium Caves, ornaments, and decorations.

More Links ...

Our Sponsors
 
All about The Hosts
 
Tech Support
Link to Us
Your Privacy

Our Disclaimer
Contact Us
AquariumFish.net
AQuarium Videos
Administration
 

Decorations and Ornaments for Aquariums.Aquarium Supplies.pondsBuy Cichlid Stones - Aquarium Caves, ornaments, and decorations.

What We Do. 

This web site contains information about Pet Fish Talk, the weekly internet talk show about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.
Click here to hear a
Pet Fish Talk Show now.
 
"Aquarium Photography" an MP3-podcast on PetFishTalk.com.
The banner, shown above, links to a web page with more information.
Pet Fish Talk about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.
 
"Fish Photography", an MP3-Podcast on PetFishTalk.com.      
Aquarium Photography - an MP3 Podcast about to take pictures of fish in aquariums. Pet Fish Talk about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. Pet Fish Talk about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.
     
In this Special Pet Fish Talk Show Tom gives some useful practical tips on how to quickly improve your skills taking pictures of fish in aquariums. Farther down on this page are more details about a specific camera and about how to adjust the setting on this camera to photograph pet fish in aquariums.
Click here now to hear the Special Pet Fish Talk titled "Aquarium Photography", which is about 12-minutes long.
 
Aquarium Photography featuring this Gold Angel Fish (Freshwater Angelfish).
 
This picture was taken by Tom at about the same this show was created. Taking pictures of fish is lots of fun and this Special Pet Fish Talk Show will probably help you to take better pictures of your fish. Good luck. You are always welcome to call the show and talk about taking pictures of fish or anything else about keeping pet fish.
 
 
Fish Photography of an interesting Saltwater Puffer Fish.
 
An interesting picture of a Saltwater Puffer Fish. You can see this picture has nice even lighting with no reflections or overexposed areas.
 
 
 
This is a beautiful Flag Rockfish, and again you can see the results of using the tips discussed in this Special Pet Fish Talk show to create a picture with nice even lighting.
 
 
 
Here's a magnificent Queen Angelfish, that's lived in a large aquarium for several years. A big part of creating a beautiful photograph is having a beautiful fish to photograph!  ;^ }
 
 
Tom's Camera and Settings
Tom has taken most of the pictures on this web site, and at the time this show was recorded, he uses a Nikon D40. Here is his explanation of the settings he uses on this camera. These comments were not part of the show and are added here as more detailed information.
 
When I bought a Nikon D40 camera, it came with a 18-55mm zoom lens, which is very widely acclaimed for its high quality and low price. It's a bargain! The Nikon D40 is also a big bargain. The combination of this camera and lens is highly recommended.
 
When I took my Nikon D40 out of the box for the first time, the mode-dial was set to Auto. The mode-dial is on the top-right side of the D40. When the mode-dial is set to Auto and the lens is set to A for Auto-focus, the Nikon D40 almost always takes a great picture of normal scenes without any adjustments to anything else on the camera. But these automatic settings rarely take good pictures of live fish in aquariums.
 
Note added later. The Nikon D40 has been replaced by the Nikon D3100, which may be slightly better for photographing fish in aquariums. Nikon also now produces the Nikon D7000, which is even better but sells for substantially more money.
 
Click here now to shop online for a Nikon DSLR camera to photograph your fish.
 

Tom has taken most of the pictures on this web site, and at the time this show was recorded, he uses a Nikon D40. Here is his explanation of the settings he uses on this camera. These comments were not part of the show and are added here as more detailed information.
 
When I bought a Nikon D40 camera, it came with a 18-55mm zoom lens, which is very widely acclaimed for its high quality and low price. It's a bargain! The Nikon D40 is also a big bargain. The combination of this camera and lens is highly recommended.
 
When I took my Nikon D40 out of the box for the first time, the mode-dial was set to Auto. The mode-dial is on the top-right side of the D40. When the mode-dial is set to Auto and the lens is set to A for Auto-focus, the Nikon D40 almost always takes a great picture of normal scenes without any adjustments to anything else on the camera. But these automatic settings rarely take good pictures of live fish in aquariums.
 
Note added later. The Nikon D40 has been replaced by the Nikon D3100, which may be slightly better for photographing fish in aquariums. Nikon also now produces the Nikon D7000, which is even better but sells for substantially more money.
 
 
Set Your Camera to Manual.
My first hint to take pictures of fish in aquariums is to rotate the mode-dial from Auto to M. M is for Manual, which will allow you to set both the aperture and the speed to any value allowed by the Nikon D40, including some values that will produce very poor results, but we are hoping for a combination of settings that will produce better results than the Auto settings. 
 
Adjust the speed and aperture settings on the Nikon D40 as follows:
 
First, press on the Info-button until the speed/time and the aperture show on the Nikon D40ís LED-screen.
 
On the upper-right side of the Nikon D40 is a horizontal black dial, called the command-dial. Rotate that dial until 500 appears, which  means 1/500 of a second. This is the fastest speed that syncs with the flash.
 
Next hold down the +/- button and rotate the same command-dial to adjust the aperture to F 8, which is often written f/8 but appears as F 8 on the Nikon D40ís LED screen.
 
You should probably also adjust the ISO. I start with 400. I adjust it by holding down the Fn-button, and rotating the same command dial.
 
Press the button near the flash to pop-up the flash.
 
I set the focal length on the zoom lens to between 35 and 40mm, but I may change this to a different focal length later. I usually take the final pictures with a focal length somewhere between 30 and 55. How do I decide? By looking at the LED or sometimes by viewing the pictures on a computer, adjusting the focal length, then shooting some more pictures.
 
I almost always use the Nikon D40ís auto-focus, which seems to work very well for me with the 18-55mm zoom lens. I have tried several other much more expensive lens, and the auto-focus on those lens for a variety of reasons did not work as well for me, when taking pictures of aquarium fish!
 
Practice Taking Pictures.
If you get reflections, you are aiming the camera at an angle that is too perpendicular to the front surface of the aquarium.  Aim the camera at a slight angle. Vary the angle, and then look at the LED for reflections in the picture you've just taken. Continue to vary the angle and look at the result in the LED, until the reflections are gone. I had to practice doing this for a while, but now it's second nature to me.
 
Next you need to deal with the exposure and depth of field. If the images on your LED are too dark move the f-stop to a lower number like F 5.6.  If the images are too light, move the f-stop to a higher number like F 12.
 
If part of the image is in focus but other parts are not, you may need to increase the f-stop, which will increase the so-called depth of field and bring more of the fish into focus. But an image at an f-stop of about F 12 will begin to degrade due to diffraction, so I try to stay between F 8 and F 12. At f5.6 the depth of field is thin and parts of the fish may be out of focus. Bigger f-stop numbers create a deeper depth of field and can be useful. But then you get less light and may need to increase ISO. I usually end up at about F 10 at an ISO of 400.
 
If the image is too dark, increase the starting ISO from 400 to 800 or even higher. If the image is too light you might reduce the ISO from 400 to 200.
 
Remember to have Fun!
It's lots of fun to vary these setting one by one and see the effects in the LCD. All of the pictures, shown above, were taken using the methods described on this page. But it seems to have taken me quite a while to find a combination of these settings that produces a picture that I like, and each new fish is a new adventure, which requires a new combination of settings to get a picture that I like.
 
I hope these tips help some of you to take better pictures of your pet fish.

 
 
 
 
An Email with Pictures, shown just above,
From Jamie in the UK
"Hi Tom and Nevin. It's Jay in the UK. I have emailed before with questions about angelfish, and my girlfriend is the one that purchased her own 'PINK' aquarium... makes a good raising tank now. Just a quick email to show you a couple of pictures that i have taken of my angelfish with my new Canon Eos 500d camera. After looking at Toms lovely photos i decided to get myself a new camera and take some of my fish ... from my planted aquarium and ... from my large BIORB LIFE which is much easier to photograph. Which one do you prefer? Kind regards Jamie England"
 
Click here to shop online for a Canon Camera.
 
Reply. Jamie, thank you for your email and for the pictures you sent. We like both pictures ... a lot !! Good job. We hope this gives other Pet Fish Talk listeners some encouragement to try taking pictures of their pet fish and aquariums. Thanks again.
 
 
Download of this Entire Show.
Here's how: Right-Click here, then click on "Save Target (or Link) As ...".  Navigate to the folder you prefer, and click on the button labeled "Save". Later you can copy the MP3-file to your iPod or other MP3-player.
You can also burn files to CDs, then play them in a CD-player.
Pet Fish Talk about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.
Subscribe to the Pet Fish Talk - News Feed. Click on this image now.  Click here to download the PodCast for this show.
Pet Fish Talk about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.
Click here to buy an MP3-enabled CD-Player, or click here to buy an MP3-Player, or click here to buy an Apple iPod, which can all play Pet Fish Talk Shows.
 
 
There are lots of Pet Fish Talk Shows.
Click here now to go to the Archive, where you'll find links to more than 360 Pet Fish Talk Shows.
 
Click here to go to our Search Page, where you can search for any topic that we have discussed in any show.
 
Click here for technical support, if Pet Fish Talk will not play on your computer.
 
 
 
 How to Customize this Page. 
If this web page looks too small or too narrow, hold down the keyboard key marked "Ctrl" then press down on the key marked +, and this web page should get bigger. If you overdue it and this page gets too big, hold down the same "Ctrl" key and press down on the key marked - to make this page smaller.
 
Repeat, until this page looks just right to you. In this way you can customize the appearance of our website in your computer. This tip will work simultaneously on all the pages in this website, and your computer should remember what you've done the next time you come back to this site, unless you're using an ancient version of a browser.  ;^ o
 
 
 The advertisement, shown below, links to this advertiser's web site.
 
Copyright © 2002-2014 Pet Fish Talk. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of
this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means
without the written permission of Pet Fish Talk.
tropical, fish, goldfish, aquarium, petXtreme Cichlid Diet - tropical fish food
IMPORTANT: Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of our
Privacy Agreement and our Disclaimer. Click here to read our
Disclaimer, and click here to read our Privacy Agreement.
tropical, fish, goldfish, aquarium, pet
Click here for our street address, phone number,
fax, and email address.
Buy Angelfish and Angel Fish for sale at AquariumFish.net, where buying an Angelfish is fun.
This page updated on September 02, 2013.
Feeding Baby Brine Shrimp to Baby FishEcoBio-Blocks for aquariums.Cichlid Stones - Aquarium Decorations
To the Top of this Page
  buying, buy, for sale, retail, supplier, stores, store, dealerTropical FishChampion Koi, Koi Show, Judging Koi, Buying Koi, and Raising Champion Koi.Buy live aquatic plants for sale at aquariumFish.net, where buying live aquarium plants is fun. The TV Series about Aquariums and Pet Fish. Hosted by DrTom and Nevin, The Bailey Brothers.