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Old 08-25-2004, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was only able to catch one of the lights in her eyes. Is this a major area of concern when viewing an image? Does it bother you at all? Comments welcome...

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One catch light has been a "rule"(I hate rules)

In the old days, retouchers would retouch out, fill light catch lights and various other catch lights to get to one catch light in the eyes.

Rules are guidelines, you're going to be more then ok with one but don't set there and think you always have to have one or if two or three show up you are doing wrong....



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Old 08-26-2004, 08:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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On my screen, the pic's so dark that it really doesn't look odd that she hasn't got any light in her eyes. Catchlights are highly situation-dependent. You expect to see them in pictures where you'd see something like them in real life. It's subtly defined by the rest of the light in the picture. Since there essentially isn't any in this picture, and the lighting is very diffuse, it doesn't bother me that there aren't any catchlights.

OTOH, I kinda wish the picture was brighter. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] It's not so bad in this particular case - it's almost painterly, sort of a darker Old Master effect.

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Old 08-26-2004, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a close up of Kristen's face in the florescent box light set up. In the original the box of the lights was clearly visible. It didn't bother me much, but everyone who saw the picture commented on how weird it looked. So I PSed it out. I did leave the point flash that was in one eye though.

Top eyes are original, bottom post PS.


Don't think my PSing skills are perfect. I'm not sure I didn't screw up her pupils a little. Of course these images are low resolution and you wouldn't be this close to her eyes.
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I think the image looks good but I would prefer it just a tad lighter. as for the catchlight, I think it gives life to the person in an image. I have found that when an image has a catchlight it will sell better but now i'm talking about saleing a portrait.
 
 
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I had not seen the images outside of my monitor at home...they are too dark not my intentions..sorry

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Re: TOO Dark...I will work on em when I get home...Adobe Vs RGB
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What you probably meant is that only one eye has catchlights. In the image you've posted, Trixie's left eye has catchlights, while her right eye doesn't have any. In this case, a catchlight would be drawn in on her right eye during the retouching process.
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