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PostSubject: Indoor photography   Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:01 am

What is the best type of light bulb to use for photographing reptiles indoors?
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PostSubject: Re: Indoor photography   Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:33 pm

That's a subjective question. But here's what I like to use: "daylight" led bulbs with some sort of defuser. There are many DYI or even inexpensive commercial light diffusers (see youtube and Amazon). My favorite consists of a pvc frame covered with a cheap white sheet. I'll usually set-up a naturalistic setting and use a fake stand-in animal to take a few shots and make adjustments. Once I've achieved the look I want, I position the live animal and start shooting. The white balance on cameras and the ability to adjust photos after the fact (image editing software) make the type (color) of bulb less important than it use to be. In the old days using incandescent or other heat generating bulbs made photographing fast moving or fast moving and venomous reptiles much more of a challenge.

For small herps or coiled snakes often just diffusing or bouncing the flash off a light surface provides enough light.

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