03-03-2013, 08:26 AM
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Izzy acts like she doesn't take phenomenal pictures, lol... I have no 'hints' that she doesn't know. . . and I happen to like cigarette packs, heehee.
I can't take shots of the lil' guys without flash, either. They move too fast, entirely. If you're taking a flash-off full tank shot, your best bet will be to turn off ALL other ambient lighting (including computer monitors!) and put the camera on a table, or a tripod, or a bucket overturned on a chair, lol. Anything that gets it out of your hand and onto a solid surface will minimize camera shake. But you STILL won't catch your tinyl' fish, unless you're really lucky - they almost always blur, because they have to be holding still for the entire length of time that the camera's shutter is open - and that is very uncommon!
Like Izzy said, taking a shot at an angle is helpful, because it increases the amount of lighting that hits the camera, if you have the lighting from the front plus the sides, the camera will be able to take a non-flash picture more quickly, so there is less chance of blur. The farther away you are from the tank, the better it works (as in, your camera will 'see' more light if you're taking a whole-tank shot, then if you're taking a close-up without a flash)
If you want to shoot with flash, same thing with ambient lighting, but again, do it at an angle - any angle. It will keep the reflection from sunbursting on the glass - but don't take too many flashy pics at a time, cuz' it'll scare the fish. I HAVE to use flash to take pics of my Tetra, I haven't figured out any other way. I imagine that if I blasted the top of the tank with lots of extra lighting, I could do it, but I don't have the time or patience for that. . . plus flash shots are hard to get right, because you have to get just the right dimness to your flash or you'll get loads of reflections off the scales. And there are always deep cast shadows, and colors are off.
That's all I've got, lol! No new tricks here! But I DO like the tank, and I think it's a nice shot, too! ALWAYS a score if you manage to get a fish that isn't just a blur, lol!:)