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Old 06-27-2004, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have herd about looking for the catchlights in the eyes of your model to see if the angle is right for your light. Sometimes a shoot will work out just how I want the catchlights to look and other times they look not good at all.

How can a photographer make sure he/she is getting the catchlights the way they want them ?

Is it just by trial and error and checking a few test shots or what ?

What about a beach shoot ? When you only have a reflector and the sun ?

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Re: Catchlights ?
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Classic tradition says 11:00 to 1:00 o'clock in the eyes. With digital we zoom in on review mode. But do what you please...you can always add later with Photoshop.

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Re: Catchlights ?
Old 06-28-2004, 03:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Catchlights are very important to me, I think they add sparkle and energy to the shot, especially since I almost always have the model making eye contact. Having no catchlight is not horrible, but only having one is the worst. I don't know of a sure-fire way to predict it (even preview zoom on a digital is pretty small), but generally if there is light coming at your model from the front, either by direct sun, fill flash, or reflector, or studio light, you will get catchlights. Sometimes if the light is too high, and the model has one eye that is smaller than the other (which is not uncommon), and/or the model turns her head too far, you could have a problem and you have to add the second one in PS. BTW, I don't like the look you get with two even catchlights in each eye, something that normally comes with balanced umbrellas which is common in some portrait studios. In this shot, you can see that Pam'eyes are uneven, something that leads to mis-matched catchlights occaisionally. I recall fixing one if them in this shot because the sun wasn't quite low enough in the sky.



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Old 06-29-2004, 05:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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... accordin' to 'Hoyle', the catchlights should be at 10:00 or 2:00

Even wit' a full frontal facial view 'n' butterfly lightin' you'd still want a slight tilt o' da subject's head, in order to avoid a static/dear in da headlights look, yielding catch lights where they'd make 'Hoyle' happy.

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