Jim, if you're using a digital snapshot camera it's definitely the... magical vibe off your guitars!
I don't want to wreck your vision of guitar mojo, but the reality is, if it is a digital snapshot and you're not using the flash, it's too dark in the room to take that shot without the aforementioned tripod.
I was thoroughly pissed off when my digital camera arrived because only then did I discover it had no manual control. I took a bunch of similar pics because I didn't want to flash the subject. It's turned out ok, but I really
need a digital SLR. The snapshot drives me nuts in situations like that. :rolleyes:
Here are a few examples that still look good:
This is the shot that told me I was SOL for sharp shots sans flash indoors:
Another from the same experiment:
This was a shot I had to take many
times before getting a keeper. It was in the dark with a single par16 with an orange gel shooting up to my then 4 year old's face. Flash would've ruined everything.