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Old 09/13/2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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top down pictures

What do you guys recommend buying or using to take top down pictures of my corals?

I will be using my iphone with a gel filter, but I need something to actually break all the water tension to get a clean photo.

Wondering what DIY stuff you guys have came up with or what do you guys recommend.


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Old 09/13/2017, 11:06 AM   #2
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top down pictures

I use the sea side aquatics coral viewer can just lay the iPhone right on it. careful not to tip it and fill with water when phone is in it. Or if handy can glue some scarp pieces of acrylic together and make a box

These were taken with the viewer and iPhone



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Old 09/13/2017, 11:15 AM   #3
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I use the sea side aquatics coral viewer can just lay the iPhone right on it. careful not to tip it and fill with water when phone is in it. Or if handy can glue some scarp pieces of acrylic together and make a box

These were taken with the viewer and iPhone
Nice!

Do you use an orange filter or do you just take the pictures and then edit it on the phone? What app do you use?


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Old 09/13/2017, 11:21 AM   #4
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Nice!



Do you use an orange filter or do you just take the pictures and then edit it on the phone? What app do you use?


Use to use the gel filters but they got all scratched up making everything blurry. Just take right off the phone and use SnapSeed for pic edit


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Old 09/13/2017, 04:24 PM   #5
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I use a top-down viewer too. I just bought an Avast Portal for a longer lens.

I use a 5d and 24-70F2.8 with the white balance set to about 14K... no need for filters, but not everybody has one of these.

If you turn off all of your pumps, then the top will get really stable and you can do it that way too... but the lights will reflect a bit.


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Old 09/13/2017, 05:37 PM   #6
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I use the sea side aquatics coral viewer with my Samsung S7 edge.
My lighting is 10,000 kelvin temperature and it is very white.
I don't need to adjust anything in software after taking my photos.

My camera setting are:
white balance - 10,000k
ISO - 50
Zoom - 1.0x to 3.0x max


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Old 09/13/2017, 07:38 PM   #7
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Tried DIY, didn't like the results. Ended up getting a long term loan of an avast port hole for my DSLR. I like the results much more:




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Old 09/13/2017, 08:04 PM   #8
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cody, what's your lighting again?
If the iPhone is your main camera, a big enough viewing box to rest it flat in, would be perfect. This is what I do when using my iPhone to do videos..
A gel helps give better colour rendition... or change out a blue bulb for a pink one - or two and you may not even need a gel filter..
I do know of two reefers who have just used the clear plastic top of a ferrer roche chocolate box.. works quite well, and cheap and easy... and yummy..


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Old 09/13/2017, 10:40 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!

I went DIY tonight and made a box so we will see how it works tomorrow, I will post some pictures in here tomorrow hopefully if I have time. My DIY only cost $8 from Home depot because I already had the silicon so we will see how it comes out tomorrow.

Matt I have 8x80 sunpower and 2 reefbrites. I have gel filters so we will see how they do tomorrow with the box


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Thanks everyone!

I went DIY tonight and made a box so we will see how it works tomorrow, I will post some pictures in here tomorrow hopefully if I have time. My DIY only cost $8 from Home depot because I already had the silicon so we will see how it comes out tomorrow.

Matt I have 8x80 sunpower and 2 reefbrites. I have gel filters so we will see how they do tomorrow with the box
Good luck. Silicone doesn't stick to acrylic very good.


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Good luck. Silicone doesn't stick to acrylic very good.
Yup I realized this and dont feel that comfortable putting my phone in what I made but it is still great to view from the top down as it floats.

I think I am going to go back to Home Depot and get the same thing made in glass, but also glue some corks on everything side so it floats too. Or do you guys have a better idea of something to glue on the side to make it float?


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Old 09/14/2017, 12:22 PM   #12
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This one was a brown frag I got and is turning very very nice. It starting to get rainbow colors, honestly even looks better in person then it does in this picture.






Still horrible at capturing their colors but at least I got some top downs. This was with an orange filter with just the reefbrites.


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yeah phone camera's won't like LED's much, try just the t5 and none of the reefbrite strips


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Here is the one I use.

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If you want better results, try swapping two or 3 blue plus with coral plus.
And yes, I agree the blue LEDs will definitely throw things off.
iPhone camera is very sensitive to blue so even when it looks pink to your eye, the phone pulls out a lot of blue and violet.
That colored up brown frag looks amazing!


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