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Thursday, July 5, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 5... Light Up The Eyes


Happy Day 5 of our 31 Days of Photo Fun!
I hope your 4th of July was spectacular!

Today we've got another tip to get your images that much more spectacular! Today we will talk about getting light in your subjects' eyes and what a difference that can make in your images.

To explain this, I am going to use a recent session I had with a wonderful family that included 3 stunningly beautiful sisters (and one beautiful soon-to-be sister-in-law, who we will see in a later post).

As I was photographing the family, I took the opportunity to get each sister alone for a solo portrait. While photographing Rachel, I was looking for some decent light, which basically meant I was looking for open shade (stay tuned for this tip on Day 16) and a good angle from which to shoot. This was the first shot I got.

A decently lit shot, it was ok, but I could see right away that there was no light in her eyes. Without light in your subject's eyes, there seems to be no life in your subject. Blah and boring.

We changed her pose, and simply had her tilt her eyes slightly upward toward the light (not too much or you'll be shooting up your subject's nose!).

There we found gorgeous light in her eyes, which gave us a much better portrait.


You can see the same with all three girls. A slight tilt of the eyes toward the direction of your light will give you that sparkle in the eyes, known as "catchlights". They truly make the portrait.




Taking the time to position your subjects so that the light is in their eyes will make all the difference in your images. And if a certain spot isn't working, move your subject and keep trying until you find that light. Even better than Rachel's improved pose above, we scouted out better shade and tried again. This final shot was my favorite of all!


Have fun finding the light and let me know if you see a difference in your photos!


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2 comments:

Anne said...

The body angles are better, too!

Jen Lebo said...

So true, Anne! The right pose can be extremely flattering as well!

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