Glossy Eyes

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  1. RebelChick

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    Ok , So its got to be the lens right? I have an XTi, and it doesnt matter when the eyes are focused (which is what i thought was the reason you got the glossy eyes). How to I achieve this? It really has to be the fact I have a crappy Kit lens right? or is it Me?
     
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    Maybe you want to explain or show us what "it"/"this" is...?
     
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    OK I guess ill be more thorough... How do I achieve the look of Glossy eyes in Photos? Is the reason my lens? When i take FULLY FOCUSED on the eyes type Photos, the eyes are not as glossy/glassy in appearance as i see some of the eyes in the photos here on TPF. So is the reason my lens? I have an XTI with kit lens.
     
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    What do you mean "glossy eyes"? Please post an example of what you mean.
     
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    anyone?
     
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    Very few mindreaders here, I'm afraid.
     
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    Never thought i would have to explain myself so detailed man ...
     
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    That baby's eyes are simply unfocused. Which is normal: babies can see next to nothing when they've just been born. The eyes need at least 3 months of (fast) development before they are more or less capable to focus at subjects over 3/5 feet away.

    Baby eyes often look unfocused – you call it 'glossy' – because they often are unfocused.
     
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    It's really easy. First off, the eyes need to be in perfect focus. In your image, the very tip of the nose is in focus, everything else is out of focus.

    Once you have your picture, you're ready to move onto whatever software you use for post-production. Within that, you dodge the eyes, adjust contrast in some way, and sharpen the them.

    That's it.
     
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    Yeah it's pretty much done in photoshop. There are probably some youtube tutorials you can look up.
     
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    So, if you want to shoot a baby with a 'glossy' look on its face: take your distance. Shoot short tele, and take care there is nothing in the baby's FoV within 5 feet that it can focus on. It will automatically 'de-focus'. A bit akin to what we all do when we're staring, lost in deep thought, seeing nothing, almost cross-eyed 'looking into the middle distance'.
     

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