After seeing the miserable results of trying to take pictures of Amica splendens, I could see that I really need a separate photo tank to take decent pictures of fish…. so I built one. I wanted it deep enough that I could put plants into the tank if I wanted to but small enough to keep the fish within my focus. I plan to make a partition to keep the fish in the front.
The lighting wasn’t enough to take pictures of fish if they are moving which usually is the case. I had to increase the light so I built a bracket to place some lights above the tank but out of the way of the picture. Here it is.
The bracket is holding an LED floodlight of around 850 lumens. I can adjust the angle of the light angle to the tank from about 80 degrees to directly overhead. (0 degrees).
I am barely able to take acceptable pictures of the family so I am starting from zero knowledge of this subject. Luckily, there are a lot of fish photographers willing to share their knowledge. Here is one of them.
It seems easy until you try to do it. Especially with my “Point and Shoot” camera but I don’t think poor tools is the only reason. Amazingly, my daughter takes much better pictures of the fish with her cell phone than I can with the camera. She is simply better at it.
Since the light is low and I can’t use the built in flash due to the reflection from the glass, slow fish such as angel fish are easier. To do fast moving fish, I would need a lot of light or a detached flash that shoots at an angle so the reflection isn’t visible.
I have learned to pay attention to the things surrounding the fish that detract from the picture…. and even seemingly mundane things like cleaning the glass.
One of the babies turned out to be a belly slider but the other four are normal. The female looks like she is in distress… or there are more babies coming, (probably both!) I think I can see the eyes of another one near her vent.
Further reading on this fish points out that if the female is pregnant and moved, she will drop her babies prematurely and both the babies and mother will die. This may or may not be correct but I won’t take a chance with this few fish.