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Old 05-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #1 
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Question Camera Flash?

When I signed up and saw that this site had Betta photo contests, i thought about something: Does the camera flash harm them in any way?

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Old 05-14-2011, 01:32 AM   #2 
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It doesn't seem to bother Harley but some people have said it bothers their bettas. It's probably like looking at the sun. It blurs your eyes a bit but it doesn't take long to recover. IMO, try it and see.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:14 AM   #3 
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I would turn the flash off. The flash seems to make the picture loose colour and if you have a glass tank there is a huge white splodge from the flash.

The only problem with no flash is you have to be very steady with your hands, one jerk and it ruins the picture.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:57 AM   #4 
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lol jaws hates the camera flash, looks like he goes blind for a second but he fine after
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #5 
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my betta runs from it then goes back like "I will face my destiny!!!" and keep looking at the camera then runs again and comes back once more... lol.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:47 PM   #6 
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I highly recommend getting a speed light that sits on the top of some cameras (DSLR, SLR) that you can bounce off a reflector next to your aquarium. unfortunately they're kinda expensive :( I rent them from my school because I don't want to buy one yet because of the price. You can also use a flood light (very cheap at home improvement stores) and point it through the side of a aquarium to illuminate your fish in a more natural looking way. Also this way the fish's eyes can adjust to the bright light.

Full spectrum lights are better for photography if you decide to use a floodlight, especially if they are 5000k or 5500k which is sunlight

I try not to use flash with my fish, only when I first got them for good sharp photos of them displaying. I imagine it as having a strobe light(the big lights in studios) going off in your face without a soft box, it just isn't fun and fish don't have eye lids to protect their eyes like we do.
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