For a FTS what needs to be done, more lighting with the flash turned off?
I hope lighting is the cause I could not get the camera to focus on the fish. It would only focus on the slightly further back portion of the pic.
Thanks again for any input!
Most of the pictures probably were'nt focused because you were too close for the lens. As mention before, its called minimum focusing distance, and the exact amount varies with each lens. Thats why the last picture came out the way it did. Try taking a step or two backwards and zooming in instead. I disagree that you need to manual focus, I never manually focus. If you're manually focusing, you're doing something wrong with the autofocus. What is this, the 70's? lol... Really though, manual focus should only be for very very specialized circumstances that you probably would never encounter.
As for using the pop-up flash....Dont! It only produces crappy uneven light, and makes pics look washed out. For FTS and otherwise, just focus on something in the tank, preferably a plant or piece of wood, and take the pic without the flash. Everything around the tank will probably be black, but thats okay, as it showcases the tank itself.
As for what would make the second picture in the above quote better, its main issue is it lacks composition. One of the more important "rules" of photography is not to cut anything off. Only seeing half the fish makes it awkward to the viewer. Also try googling the rule of thirds. Barring that, sometimes heavy editing can save a pic like that
( I did this in like 2 minutes, no nitpicking lol...)
Try having a look at my journal, specifically the last few pages, to see if you can maybe get some inspiration or an idea of the "rules"....and if you see anything that catches your eye, let me know and I'll explain how to achieve it, or at least come as close as you can with your equipment