You need the tank lights on in order to focus.kamikaziechameleon;4635304; said:Ok, I have a question. In reading the articles I may have missed this piece of advice but do you recommend turning off the tank lights and using just the flash? Or do you suppliment with the ambient tank lights.
Yup, the more light you have, the better. In fact, it's difficult to have too much light when it comes to aquarium photography. More ambient light in the tank = faster shutter speeds, lower ISO, and smaller apertures, all of which translate to a great quality image.kamikaziechameleon;4635304;4635304 said:Ok, I have a question. In reading the articles I may have missed this piece of advice but do you recommend turning off the tank lights and using just the flash? Or do you suppliment with the ambient tank lights.
In general, using onboard flash aimed at the glass will give you ugly results. It may give you hot spots on the glass, and will distort the colors of the fish. It also makes the scales sparkly, which doesn't look good in pictures. This is why the trend is to use a wireless overhead flash for the most natural results.DaveB;4672354;4672354 said:Are there any different spectrums available for flashes? Would something like that matter?
For instance, the difference between an actinic or 50/50 tank bulb and an AquaGlo is massive - one brings out blues, one brings out red/oranges... other bulbs for plants bring out more green, etc... I would assume that you could do the same thing with a flash, no? Or are all flashes just pretty standard?
My flash tends to wash out the colors and make the fish all look dull and boring. Then again, it's just a flash on a point and shoot outside the tank.
I'd say so. Accurate in terms of what the fish would look light under true sunlight I would say. If you look at the before, it's easy to see there are some bad white balance problems, unless you have a red light over the tank! White balance is just that, making whites look white, regardless of what spectrum of lighting they're under. I try to keep this in mind when making white balance adjustments. I try to adjust the colors to what they SHOULD be under natural daylight, instead of how they 'looked' under an blue fluorescent bulb - because that is NOT an accurate representation of its true color.DaveB;4672568; said:But is that work that you did PP retaining an accurate set of colors?
Yes, they do. They do a good job of giving accurate color. But I wouldn't say it's perfect. There's been few times where I've seen my DSLR give me accurate white balance, regardless of the lighting. Setting the white balance to AUTO does a decent job, but it will vary from shot to shot, and isn't always right.DaveB;4672568; said:But if the good flashes overhead still produce realistic color that's all I need to hear.