catch lights in the eyes

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  1. BLD_007

    BLD_007 TPF Noob!

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    Ever since I have started taking pictures and learning the ins and outs I have begun to see things different. Like lights reflecting in the eyes. I think its almost as bad as seeing a full reflection of the photographer in a mirror or glass or am I wrong?

    Is there a way to hide the lights from the eyes but still get the same results or is this what we want, light reflecting in the eyes "like a soft box"

    I can even see them in movies and tv when there is a close up and its sorta annoying.

    Am I the only one or am I over analyzing photos ?
     
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    Actually catch lights are a good thing in my opinion. You can always add fake ones in Photoshop I guess.
     
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    I think sometimes it makes the photo more real? It's supposed to be there kinda thing? not really sure how to explain it technically.....I'm sure someone with more insight will post :)
    ....waiting....:wink:
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It was discussed at length HERE, if you want some background.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    An eye without catch lights often looks 'dead'. So they are usually a good thing.

    The key to understanding catch lights is: the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection.
    Whether or not a catch light will appear in the eye, depends on the position of the light, the eye and the camera.
    The shape & size of the catch light are determined by the shape, size & distance of the light from the subject.
     

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