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    This guy is one the most difficult fish in my tank to photograph. He is fast, and never stops moving; a terrible combo for trying to photograph. Any tips on how to get get a good shot of him?

    F-stop: f/5.6
    Exposure time: 1/40 sec.
    ISO speed: ISO-1600
    Exposure bias: 0 step
    Focal length: 70mm
    Max aperture: 4.97
    Metering mode: Pattern


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    That's a pretty good shot, actually. This might be a totally stupid suggestion, but have you thought about using sports mode (running person icon) and set to continuous shooting (if not already defaulted to continuous in this mode)?

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    I do have the camera set to continuous. :) Good suggestion though. I've tried the sports mode, but for some reason the shutter speed ends up being too slow.

    Thanks for the ideas. Maybe I need to try the sports mode again.
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    Great shot ILMGB.

    I don't know what camera or lens you have but on my nikon the settings in blue is what I use.

    F-stop: f/5.6 Try f 11
    Exposure time: 1/40 sec. Try 1/160
    ISO speed: ISO-1600 Try ISO 100
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    Sorry, forgot to put that info in there. The camera is the Sony A200, lens is a 18-70mm.
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    i think the shot has come out extremley well nice fish to
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    Personally I'd try to get some bigger strobes/lights on your subject. Combined with a higher F-Stop to deepen your field of focus, faster shutter, and some slower "film" to reduce the grain. (All the things that Celtic mentioned) Though I'd personally try it at ISO 800 or 400.

    I think the key for this is really going to be getting more light on your subject.

    Something else you might try, if getting more light isn't an immediate option, is a motion blur style of shot. Track the subject through the lens while focusing on it then snap a series of shots while continuing to track it. Your background will end up a mess but you might have more luck with getting a good, in focus, shot of your subject. I know that we had to do that for some of the guys who were shooting slower film at night games while I was on the photography staff for my HS. I realize this is more complicated because of the fact that you're shooting through glass and water interfaces, however if your lens is fast enough and/or you're experienced enough you should be able to get some good shots that way.

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    I am not sure if your camera is a DSLR or not, but if it is, you need a nifty 50 My sister has a nikon D90 and uses her 50mm lens and the shots just come out spectacular!! Oh and rapid fire is a must. I have rainbows and that is the only way we have gotten good pics.

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    Newfish, my camera is a DSLR, I used a 18-70mm lens for that shot, and I have a 75-300mm that I can use as well.
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