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    How To capture rich blue water or aquarium on video?

    I need some tips on how can I capture rich blue waters or aquariums on video.

    I'll be using a basic handycam/camcorder Sony DCR-SR42 on our visit to Ocean Park. My camcorder doesn't have an external lighting device and I'm worried that the light source on the park will not be enough to capture the rich blue waters and the fishes.

    This will be my first attempt to capture blue waters, aquariums or fishes on video, I want to cherish this event for my son.

    Thanks

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    Here is a video clip that I took at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

    http://muvipix.com/cpg/displayimage.php?pos=-3004

    It was taken with a Canon ZR950, standard definition MiniDV Camcorder.
    The light at the Aquarium was not terrible and the video came out very good. Just need to be careful of the glass and the reflections. I used Adobe Premiere Elements to edit and export the video and did add a little color enhancement effect as well just to bring out more of the colors.

    Hope this helps
    2 x Dual Core Xeon 3.0, Premiere Elements 1 - 7, Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, Soundbooth, Heroglyph, Vitascene, EncoreDVD http://muvipix.com

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    2 x Dual Core Xeon 3.0, Premiere Elements 1 - 7, Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, Soundbooth, Heroglyph, Vitascene, EncoreDVD http://muvipix.com

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    Welcome somnambulism08 to Media College,
    There's not much you can do about capturing because you do not have control over the lighting environment. Simply - you get whatever your camera can handle. Rich blue water is very nice eye candy but water is translucent, clear - it has no color. What we see is the murkiness (if any) from sand and particles, and the reflection of it's environment, whether from the skies above or the shallow floor. On a sunny day the water can look bluish, grayish or greenish or anywhere in between. If you have the right software edit tools, you can adjust the water to appear bluish.
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    hey guys thanks for all the tip!
    i'm so excited for our trip to Ocean Park
    hope my baby will enjoy the video over and over again!

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    we really had a great time with our son at the Ocean Park

    here please check out our videos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gkp9PUT9qY

    we can't avoid the reflections though, my son's enjoying to watch the videos over and over.

    thanks for all the tips!

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    Very nice video, glad everything worked out
    The closer you are to the glass the less there will be reflections, this also depends on the angle of the shot as well. If you notice, when the camera is close to the glass there are much fewer reflections, same for when the camera is at a particular angle.

    The reflections actually can add to the video. It looks exactly as it was when you where there, so a great replication of the trip. Looks like everyone had a really great time, good job with the video
    2 x Dual Core Xeon 3.0, Premiere Elements 1 - 7, Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, Soundbooth, Heroglyph, Vitascene, EncoreDVD http://muvipix.com

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