I show you how to take photos of betta fish and my different experiments using different containers. Betta fish photography does not have to be difficult.. the key is having a good container (with no scratches)..and as MUCH light as possible. If you don’t have strong lights or LEDS then I recommend photographing your fish in natural light by a window. I have done that before with my Orange Koi from Bettas and art as seen here:
I recommend clear acrylic containers such as the Critter Keeper (in the size small) as well as the Clear View Betta 1/2 Gallon. Ideally.. clear glass is best. In that case a 2.5 gallon tank should be good. You want something small so it is easier to focus on the fish.
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hi guys and welcome back to creative pecky be my name is Kasia I am your host and today I'm going to show you the behind the scenes process of photographing the betta fish fry or well juveniles I guess that will be going for sale very soon I'm just waiting for the last of the shipping supplies and I have to finish for the wrestling all of them and when they become available I will make a video announcement on this channel so you will know what happens don't worry about it I've been experimenting with a lot of different setups until the breeder floor aquatics the Kinsey she decided to give me advice and I got the half gallon bit of you aquarium because withstanding a bunch of other things and I have another one back here because I bought to editor Bob is a very good container to photograph your fish in now it does have rounded corners so be sure to kind of try to stay away from photographing your fish from this angle if you can try to photograph from this angle to compensate for it and it does have this derpy divider that is non transparent you can make your own you could either use um the knitting mesh that I use for all the lids to cover up my doors right here so you can probably use that or you can probably get something cut from Plexiglas whatever works for you in my case to keep track of which fish fish is which I moved the label from their jar so as you can see this is koi number six this is koi female number five I'm using my Phenix aquarium light if the connect stingray to I believe when you think that because you will need a lot of light to let your fish up really well you can get nice sharp photos as an added bonus I also added some tin foil right at the bottom here and what this does is it reflects the light back up on the fish so as you can see right here the little light that's all the reflections will kind of nicely illuminate the fish from top and bottom and I have this generic white background which is literally paper I just cook paper back here now in this case with these girls I can't try to photograph them with this background but because they're so they have such cellophane in them I also have this gray light gray color that I got and I think that will work a lot better for these girls as you can see they stand out a bit more so definitely have some options of different color backgrounds if you have a fish with a lot of red sometimes having the green background will make them stand out really well Browns Gray's blacks white you know has a little bit of options to play around to better accentuate the operation really highlights their awesomeness I also have a male right here with one of my reserved koi males from patreon I'm going to be putting him near here to kind of encourage the females to flares Ibis I'll be swapping out different jars to encourage the fish to do some flaring I also have a little mirror let me open it up it folds up like this just a dollar store mirror so it opens up like this so if I want to flare the fish I can use this mirror to help encourage them to flare and I also have this flashlight now I can either shine this flashlight to help me help illuminate the fish even more if I need extra light but it's also a great way to highlight any Sheen a lot of these scent right here see how reflective they are you can't can't really see that glorious sheen unless you shine the light directly at them so this is what the flashlight will help with it also helps for me to check which fish have that little shimmer on their fins this girl actually has some this one doesn't so that's one way to be able to check and I have my camera on a tripod found the new tripod well it's not really new this is a really old tripod super old but we found it in storage so yay for the fact that I have a tripod now because my previous one broke so this is really old but it's well made and it's really smooth to turn it so it's really nice I'm actually really happy with it what I have is my tenon and five that I got as a gift for Christmas and the basic kit lens that comes with it I use that for just basic general photos as well as filming it we'll be filming clips of the fish as well so hey I can have it for a video be again for memories and sometimes it's a little better to see a fish on video versus in a photo I also have a macro lens right here with an adapter because this lens is a little bit big for the m5 so I use that for filming those really close-up shots of the fins if I really want to or really get close to the fish I might not need it for these photos because I'm just kind of try and take generic photos and videos might be too fancy just really highlighting how pretty they are so all of you guys I would like to buy the fish can see what they look like there's also great way for me to document what kind of fish I had in my first spawn I'm just going to include it some clips of some of the other experiments I've tried with using different containers as well as trying to film my fish and fish tanks as well so I've been trying to bunch of different containers I'm kind of happiest with this so undo the clips you do I started off with trying the jars but they're rounded on all edges and it's really hard to get the right angle to get the entire fish without warping it my second choice was to try to film in an aquarium I have a 5.5 gallon to the smallest tank I divided that and have to make it a little smaller while the fish was very evenly lit and it was very easy to film and I got some nice photos because of it it was kind of a pain in the butt to take apart and put down whenever I needed to take photos and it was more difficult to catch the fish as long as it took the fish longer to acclimate to such a large space which was intimidating to some of these juveniles before giving up on the tank idea I did try to put females in jars which kind of works but kind of didn't the fish swim all around the jars so to get the right photo I had to be in the right place at the right time but the light really did really evenly distribute which did make it easier to photograph the darker colored fish my next experiment was using the dollar store jars that are made of plastic that I recently purchased because on certain sides they are fairly clear and it is easy to see through them but unfortunately they have a lot of rounded edges and as soon as they get close to those edges their bodies become warped as well as the container does have a seam in the middle I wish I could have used these because it was less stressful to the fish as they didn't have to be taken in and out of the container so yeah it would have really worked better but it didn't I did get one nice photo out of these jars her recommendation ended up getting the better view container which is a little smaller than the critter keepers which also would have worked pretty well for this and I think this worked out really well before I ended up using my crammed lights I did use my lamp and I found out that that didn't give me enough light so try to use a high output LED light or aquarium light if possible so I'm really happy with this setup it's you know not really a fancy photography set up is just using a lot of simple things that I have but it works and I am going to be photographing all of my fish right now that's why I haven't sold made them available for sale yet I want to first finish photographing that and they will become available on my website my website will be live then I will make a video about everything so don't worry there will be an announcement video I will keep people updated on patreon you can't reserve fish via YouTube comments Facebook messages Instagram messages because it just becomes too many people are contacting me and I'm getting emails and a bunch of messages from different places and it becomes really overwhelming so the only way you could reserve a fish is either through pretty much patrons I'm also closing my swaps with breeders because it's too many breeders want fish I won't have nice fish available for you guys so I didn't want to swap with too many people this time so I am closing my swaps for the breeders I'm only making reservations available on patreon and I will update my patreon supporters very soon with photos so fish can be reserved and then the rest of the fish can be bought through my website when it becomes available it's going to be you know whoever its first to click on the fish and click buy is going to get it and I think that is the most fair way to do things so thanks for watching this video if you liked it be sure to give it a thumbs up be sure to subscribe to this channel if you already haven't so you don't miss out on future betta and pet related videos I hope that you enjoyed this little journey of me trying to figure out how to photograph my fish and I hope that it becomes helpful to you whether you are a breeder and you want to photograph your fish for sale or maybe you're just a normal pet owner and you really want to highlight the glory of your fish and share your fishies with the interwebs so that we may all enjoy the better blenders spend instead of spending dinners