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post #21 of 37 Old 02-27-2011, 09:13 PM
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A friend of mine suggested useing the setting my camera has for fireworks do you think that would help? I bought my camera used and do not have the manual it is a Kodak Easy Share Z712 IS.
Your manual can be had on the brand names website. In this case on the kodak site. Firework setting usually uses longer shutter time. This will cause blur. But you should try it and see how the results come out. Take a picture at each of the different settings and see what you come up with.
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post #22 of 37 Old 02-27-2011, 09:39 PM
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I tried the firework one it was awful. LOL My back is killing me tonight : ( I will play around with it more tomorrow if its feeling better. I herniated a disk at work last year and am still not better.

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I tried the firework one it was awful. LOL My back is killing me tonight : ( I will play around with it more tomorrow if its feeling better. I herniated a disk at work last year and am still not better.
No rush. I looked into your camera and you also have the aperture priority mode. Try playing with that tomorrow. Wide aperture = smaller f-stop number. You could of course go full manual in M mode and set aperture as wide as possible and shutter speed fast. Like 1/160 of a second or equivalent fast shutter speed. It's gonna take some playing around but do it at your leisure.
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Ok I am tring to set it maually like you said to 1/160 but can't seem to figure out how to change it but will keep tring. LOL

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Got it to change thanks for your help. I will try it tomorrow and see how it goes. I will also look up the manual to see if I get other ideas it just never occured to me to try to look up the manual on the internet before.

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Got it to change thanks for your help. I will try it tomorrow and see how it goes. I will also look up the manual to see if I get other ideas it just never occured to me to try to look up the manual on the internet before.
Glad you could figure it out. If that shutter speed doesn't work out for you. Try a little slower until you get the right exposure. Good luck. Post some pics when you get a chance.
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No rush. I looked into your camera and you also have the aperture priority mode. Try playing with that tomorrow. Wide aperture = smaller f-stop number. You could of course go full manual in M mode and set aperture as wide as possible and shutter speed fast. Like 1/160 of a second or equivalent fast shutter speed. It's gonna take some playing around but do it at your leisure.
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You would need the flash though for that fast of a shutter speed...

There are some great more advanced point and shoot cameras that don't cost an arm and a leg, IF you actually use a camera on a regular basis. I certainly don't use a DSLR (even though they are awesome), but that certainly hasn't stopped me. Even after a few years, my Panny can still amaze me sometimes. I intend to get a nice DSLR when I am out of college and have the cash, but even then I don't think I could live without a decent point and shoot. Tanker what would you consider spending on a camera? I might be able to suggest something.

I will use my camera in full auto to full manual and anything inbetween. I have gotten good fish pics under many different settings. I started buying used filters for my camera so will have some new stuff to play with outside this summer, I'm super excited =D

Don't agree much with shooting at an angel to the glass, but whatever works I guess. I would like to photo edit, but I am much too lazy for that. How it comes off the camera is how I live with it.

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You would need the flash though for that fast of a shutter speed...

There are some great more advanced point and shoot cameras that don't cost an arm and a leg, IF you actually use a camera on a regular basis. I certainly don't use a DSLR (even though they are awesome), but that certainly hasn't stopped me. Even after a few years, my Panny can still amaze me sometimes. I intend to get a nice DSLR when I am out of college and have the cash, but even then I don't think I could live without a decent point and shoot. Tanker what would you consider spending on a camera? I might be able to suggest something.

I will use my camera in full auto to full manual and anything inbetween. I have gotten good fish pics under many different settings. I started buying used filters for my camera so will have some new stuff to play with outside this summer, I'm super excited =D

Don't agree much with shooting at an angel to the glass, but whatever works I guess. I would like to photo edit, but I am much too lazy for that. How it comes off the camera is how I live with it.
If you're using flash, you'll need to shoot at an angle. All different angles is best actually. You're bound to find one that looks good.
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I almost never use flash since a camera mounted one distorts a lot with the aquarium IMO. But I almost always shoot straight on or at the slightest of angles. If flash is necessary what I do is shoot very close or shoot from around 2 feet back from the glass and zoom way in. Never had a problem, getting a clear pic. Getting a natural looking picture with camera mounted flash is very difficult. Light doesn't naturally strike the fish from the sides. I believe most of my best results are with shutter speeds between 1/15-1/60, wide aperture, 400-800 ISO, and of course no flash. Though a lot comes down to how well the tank is lit and what kinda fish you are taking pics of....

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I almost never use flash since a camera mounted one distorts a lot with the aquarium IMO. But I almost always shoot straight on or at the slightest of angles. If flash is necessary what I do is shoot very close or shoot from around 2 feet back from the glass and zoom way in. Never had a problem, getting a clear pic. Getting a natural looking picture with camera mounted flash is very difficult. Light doesn't naturally strike the fish from the sides. I believe most of my best results are with shutter speeds between 1/15-1/60, wide aperture, 400-800 ISO, and of course no flash. Though a lot comes down to how well the tank is lit and what kinda fish you are taking pics of....
I agree. I just re-read my earlier post and I meant to say 1/60 of a second as well. I also don't care for a flash pic unless absolutely needed. Youdo have to be careful when focusing up against the glass if you have an external focusing system on the lens as you don't want to damage the motors. So be careful of that to the other people reading this. The best advice I can give is to try many different things. Different settings, angles, exposure levels, flash compensation levels, etc. The more you play, the more you learn what your camera can do. Post process can also be a benefit in adjusting contrast and exposure levels. The final outcome is mainly your preference. So keep shooting those pics.
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