Joey, are you serious? You came to ask me what type of point and shoot...
OK, I'm going to give you the honest dope;
you have a wonderful compact P&S,
but without a Manual Focus Mode
you are screwed when it comes to
taking aquarium photos. that camera
may also lack a true Close Up Mode,
which means you must zoom into a shot,
not push your camera into the frame.
make sure to turn Digital zoom OFF.
your camera also lacks a high speed
mode for taking action shots, which
helps make moving fish appear blurred.
so if you just bought that thing,
I would return it, and start over.
there, I said it, now can we move on?
Being someone who like you is stuck with a
great, but Manually Focus Challenged
I have found the following to help me make
maybe one in five photos as usable. I'll try
to keep my advice specific to your camera.
1. get a deskpod, or any cheap tripod
assuming your compact even has a *pod hole.
if you depend on flash, you're already in trouble,
and once flash is off, the slightest movement
while taking the shot will blur the results, so
you really have no choice, just get the *pod,
and get used to setting the 10 second Self-timer,
not depending on the shutter button directly.
I use a $5 deskpod, a dining room chair, a box
on the seat of the chair, to get my tank shots,
so getting a cheap tri
pod may be worth the cost.
2. push the shutter button half way down to
get the focus you want. re-centering the shot
to a slightly different subject may help get the
focus you want. then push the shutter down all
the way, pray, and let the Self-timer do the rest.
3a. try your no flash modes such as;
- Candlelight portrait
- Night scene portrait
- Portrait (disable flash manually)
however, since your tank has more light than
candles and stars, you will need to adjust;
3b. EV shift
bring that down to -1.0
this will keep the excess light from putting
too much white glare in your no flash photos.
set to 400 may also help here.
4. as others have advised, always take
flash photo's of moving fish at an angle to
the glass, using Flower Mode
or Text Mode
along with your *pod and timer. if you must
take a no timer flash shot, try Party mode
it's trial and error with only 1:5 photos usable,
all because you bought a $400 camera without
something as basic as Manual Focus Control
don't feel too bad, as most overpriced compact
cameras lack short focus points and manual focus,
which are both critical to aquarium photography.
BTW having a large 512k-1mb memory card helps
dull the pain when dealing with all this trial and error.
for the purpose of preparing photo's for posting;
5. reformat your memory card and set all
your photos to; 1600x1200 Normal resolution.
or 2048x1536 Economy resolution, as this will
help keep your photos a manageable file size.
6. use a free graphic viewer such as IrfanView
that allows you to do the following things;
- fit large images to window view
- crop the photo on the fly
- resize/resample the photo
- sharpen the photo
- adjustable Save File
what I do is take a 2048x1536 photo,
crop out all the irrelevant content,
then resample it down around 800x600,
then sharpen it, (very important)
then save it at 80%-90% quality
then upload it to www.tinypic.com
cut&paste the IMG link offered
to my post here, and I'm done.
my photos load quick as a wink
and stay hosted for 6 Months.
So am I still your slave
from those MTS,
or can you let me off the hook soon?
some stuff on this APC thread may help & inspire;