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08/07/2002 12:04:32 PM · #1
I know that when taking a portrait, capturing the eyes is the most important part. How do you get the eyes like this without creating too much of a glare so that you cannot see the eyes? When I take pictures of people, the eyes are usually too dark or with too much glare. Connie said in her discription of "April in May", that she used "one portable light for the catch light in the eyes". How far should this light be from the person and what should the voltage be? This probably depends on the light available, but some guidlines will be helpful. Thanks.
08/07/2002 12:11:45 PM · #2
You can experiment with this quite easily.. you are right.. the ambient light in the room makes this requirement change... this type of lighting is called "catch light" most of the time... You can see this light in your subject's eyes before the photograph is made... You need to pose your subject and then set a light of some sort (I have used a lamp without a shade) in the background..

That little 'glisten' of light in the eyes does make a great enhancement to a portrait :)
08/07/2002 12:39:54 PM · #3
I used my handy dandy clamp on light again....lol I like these lights when doing portaits because I can hold the light and move it around until I get the "catch lighting" I want in the eyes. 25 to 60 watt will do. Distance about 2-4 feet from the person depending on the angle. I get these lights at wal-mart :-)
08/07/2002 12:51:04 PM · #4
Thanks for answering my question, John and Connie. I'll experiment with this and let you know how it turns out.
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