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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum and I want to start taking better pictures of my salamander in his vivarium, I wanted to see what you guys recommend for this kind of photography. I'm pretty sure most of the threads in this section are outdated at this point, so I think my iPhone XR can outdo most of the cameras mentioned that aren't DSLR, but if any of you are still using a cheaper digital camera I would love to hear about that. As for photography on the iPhone, I would appreciate it if anyone could give me advice on what apps/camera settings are best for this as well as any general technique or lighting advice for vivarium photography. Thanks so much !
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum and I want to start taking better pictures of my salamander in his vivarium, I wanted to see what you guys recommend for this kind of photography. I'm pretty sure most of the threads in this section are outdated at this point, so I think my iPhone XR can outdo most of the cameras mentioned that aren't DSLR, but if any of you are still using a cheaper digital camera I would love to hear about that. As for photography on the iPhone, I would appreciate it if anyone could give me advice on what apps/camera settings are best for this as well as any general technique or lighting advice for vivarium photography. Thanks so much !

Easiest piece of advice I can give is to use portrait mode. Focus on the head (ideally the eye but that's usually too specific an area). Hopefully your viv lights are good quality and that alone should be enough. If they are terrible then you should upgrade them to something not terrible ;P

If your critter is shy you will need to clean the glass pretty well before shooting. If they are pretty bold then shoot with the door open/through an open lid.
 

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Easiest piece of advice I can give is to use portrait mode. Focus on the head (ideally the eye but that's usually too specific an area). Hopefully your viv lights are good quality and that alone should be enough. If they are terrible then you should upgrade them to something not terrible ;P

If your critter is shy you will need to clean the glass pretty well before shooting. If they are pretty bold then shoot with the door open/through an open lid.
I don't think portrait mode works for anything other than people on the XR but I'll definitely get better lights. Thank u !
 

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I don't think portrait mode works for anything other than people on the XR but I'll definitely get better lights. Thank u !
I think there was an update for pets a while back but I don't have that phone so I can't check to be sure.
 
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