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I have a Redsea Nano Led50 over my nano tank. I love the color it throws over my corals, but I just can't seem to get a good pic that doesn't look washed out. The colors are preset, so I can't adjust individual colors. Im using my Android to try and get the pics and have tried 3 or 4 different filters. Any suggestions?
 

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The orange filter helps reduce the blue light.
 
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The orange filter helps reduce the blue light.
I have something similar from polyp labs. It isn't too much blue..its more purple if that makes any sense. The second lense image however isn't as orange, I may try that and see if it works. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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I have a Redsea Nano Led50 over my nano tank. I love the color it throws over my corals, but I just can't seem to get a good pic that doesn't look washed out. The colors are preset, so I can't adjust individual colors. Im using my Android to try and get the pics and have tried 3 or 4 different filters. Any suggestions?
Can you adjust/edit the photo after you take it?
 

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You’ll want a brown filter. It does a better job of perceived color imo compared to an orange filter. Pick up a cheap one off eBay and give it a try.
 

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I have something similar from polyp labs. It isn't too much blue..its more purple if that makes any sense. The second lense image however isn't as orange, I may try that and see if it works. Thanks for the suggestion!
Hi Sneezebeetle! Did you ever get this sorted out? Do you have any example pics you can share? One thing I've found on my Android phone that helps with better seeing the color in my corals pics is turning down the brightness before taking the shot. Assuming most Android phone camera apps work similar to each other, after you touch the screen to identify what you want it to focus on, a brightness dial bar also pops up on the screen. Try lowering the brightness a tad before taking a shot to see if that helps the wash out issue. Also, what filter combinations have you tried? And did you try using each of 3 color spectrum settings (15000 K, 20,000 K, or 23,000 K) your light has well? Just covering all of the bases.

As an example here's a shot I just took of my tank. I used an LG V35 phone with the IceCap Lens kit with the yellow 20,000 K filter attached. I adjusted the brightness down about halfway from the default setting before snapping the shot.
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Hope to see pics of your nano tank in this month's Member Spotlight!
 
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Hi Sneezebeetle! Did you ever get this sorted out? Do you have any example pics you can share? One thing I've found on my Android phone that helps with better seeing the color in my corals pics is turning down the brightness before taking the shot. Assuming most Android phone camera apps work similar to each other, after you touch the screen to identify what you want it to focus on, a brightness dial bar also pops up on the screen. Try lowering the brightness a tad before taking a shot to see if that helps the wash out issue. Also, what filter combinations have you tried? And did you try using each of 3 color spectrum settings (15000 K, 20,000 K, or 23,000 K) your light has well? Just covering all of the bases.

As an example here's a shot I just took of my tank. I used an LG V35 phone with the IceCap Lens kit with the yellow 20,000 K filter attached. I adjusted the brightness down about halfway from the default setting before snapping the shot.
Capture+_2021-05-15-13-25-57_3.png

Hope to see pics of your nano tank in this month's Member Spotlight!
This was exactly the suggestion I needed. I had never noticed the slide on my screen before. I still have to dial it in some more, but this is the closest I have been able to get to true colors under this Redsea LED. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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You’ll find better rendition by lowering the exposure, like SCUBAFreaky said. Also, I use multiple gel filters for my pics, depending on the situation.

There is no silver bullet when it comes to light filters. An amber filter that’s designed to take out just a little blues is not going to work well on a very blue tank. You’d need a stronger version for that situation or a lighter one in the inverse situation.

I use my own gel filters because I don’t like how the orange filters look. The orange filters take out too much blue. You don’t want to eliminate blue altogether, but rather make it the appropriate level. Amber filters do a much better job of this.
 
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You’ll find better rendition by lowering the exposure, like SCUBAFreaky said. Also, I use multiple gel filters for my pics, depending on the situation.

There is no silver bullet when it comes to light filters. An amber filter that’s designed to take out just a little blues is not going to work well on a very blue tank. You’d need a stronger version for that situation or a lighter one in the inverse situation.

I use my own gel filters because I don’t like how the orange filters look. The orange filters take out too much blue. You don’t want to eliminate blue altogether, but rather make it the appropriate level. Amber filters do a much better job of this.
My issue is too much purple. I am going to try the brown filter mentioned above as well as a yellow one. I'll get it eventually. Sigh, why can't my phone just take the same pic I see with the naked eye? I really just want something as true to real color as possible without the over saturation. @SCUBAFreaky's suggestion was the first thing that got me a step above the washed out shots.
 

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My issue is too much purple. I am going to try the brown filter mentioned above as well as a yellow one. I'll get it eventually. Sigh, why can't my phone just take the same pic I see with the naked eye? I really just want something as true to real color as possible without the over saturation. @SCUBAFreaky's suggestion was the first thing that got me a step above the washed out shots.
What kind of phone do you have?
 

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