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Old 02-17-2019, 08:59 AM   #1
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How do you all get the best hamster pictures? My hamster is crazy she loves running around and isnt still for long any tips on how you guys get the best pictures of your hamsters?
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:12 AM   #2
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I think it's mostly down to luck! We all have lots of blurry shots, if you have a good camera & good light then you can get good photos of them racing around but if you use a phone then it is hard to get decent shots when they won't sit still!
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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if you are using a proper camera ie a dslr set your self up ready and be quick with your shooting, as cypher has said make sure you have good light.
If you are using your phone check out the camera settings and use them to your advantage, the main thing is always be ready and observe your hamsters habits for something that you want to shoot.
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:44 PM   #4
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Luck! For ever good photo, i have about 50 blurry ones lol
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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Default Re: Good pictures?

Ditto! The trick is not the camera but catching the hamster when it's not moving And good light.

Blurriness is caused by two things

1) Movement of the subject when the shutter speed is not fast enough to catch the action. To have a fast shutter speed you need good light levels.
2) Camera shake - when the shutter speed is slow the camera picks up the very slightest movement of your hands as you take the picture - which also shows as blurriness.

To allow more light in, you can change ISO settings. ISO 200 is standard and fine for outdoor daylight. Indoors in the evening you're more likely to need ISO 800 or 1600. The higher the ISO the higher the shutter speed you can have in low light - however higher ISO's also make the pictures have more "noise"/grain/pixellation.

I find having normal lamplight on in the evenings is enough light - you can either adjust the colour balance afterwards (to get rid of the orangey glow you get with tungsten indoor bulbs). Or you can set the camera to "tungsten lighting" which balances the light colour at the time of taking the photo.

Most cameras are incredibly clever these days. They have stabilisation built in to remove camera shake (if you turn it on!). They can do reasonably highISO settings without too much grain (but the lower the better for picture quality). They can be set to choose the highest possible shutter speed. And can takemultiple shots at one press to capture the best picture if something is moving.

I don't think an SLR is necessary. But a camera which changeable lenses can give a sharper picture due to lens quality and also enable you to set backgrounds to be out of focus with the right lens.

But some compact zoom cameras are extremely good as well. I wouldn't use a phone camera to get the best picture. They are ok in ideal conditions but not so good for specific settings or low lighting.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:13 PM   #6
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Most people usually have some FOOD somewhere in their hamster shots! Eg something to make the hamster stay still for a few seconds. Or to tempt them to sit in the right place. But by and large I am lucky if I get one decent shot out of 30 too! I don't have that many "good" photos and they're not nearly as good as some other peoples! But I have two or three I was quite pleased with.

This is one shows lighting - I got it when our hamster decided to sit still for about a whole minute. He was sitting on the top/back of the sofa in front of an anglepoise lamp. The lighting was nice - accidentally - because it created a backlight halo effect.

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This one also shows lighting. It was taken in the afternoon when it was still daylight and the light from the window was on the right of the photo so lights things up nicely. It's an old artists/photographer's trick to have window light on one side - but not actually have the camera pointing at the window. Artists used north facing window light for their effects.

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But at the end of the day - you need a hamster pulling a good pose in the picture - and a lot of that is luck. I don't spend long doing it as don't want to stress the hamster so sometimes give up and only get a half decent one
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