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Claudia Hebing

How to get cat eyes to turn out

I have a Kodak DX6440. I have two new kittens and love taking pictures of them. Our lighting in our house is not the best and I need to use the flash. Their eyes become a big bright flash doing this. They both have beautiful blue eyes and my siamese is so cross eyed I would love to get a good shot with his eyes to come out but cant seem to get them to come out with using my flash and they are too dark if I dont use the flash. I would appreciate any advice you could give me.

thanks claudia

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1/9/2005 3:04:36 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Use the red-eye reduction mode of the built-in flash. This will work with the cats the same way as it does with people - a couple of pre-flashes to get the irises to close. It won't completely eliminate the red-eye (green-eye in cats) but should lessen it to where you can correct it with some post-editing. On the downside, it will create a delay between your pressing the shutter button and when the picture is actually taken, so you may miss some expressions.

Taking shots of the cats' head/eyes from an angle instead of head on will also help.

The only way to eliminate green-eye is to use an accessory flash somewhat removed from the lens (on a bracket or hand held above or to the side). The DX6440 does not have any way to connect an accessory flash, so you will be limited to models that act as a slave to the built-in (example: Vivitar DF200).

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1/10/2005 7:12:35 AM

Claudia Hebing   Thanks for the advice. I have been using the Red Eye option and it doesnt seem to do any good thier eyes are not red or green they are like a bright flash:-(


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1/10/2005 2:57:23 PM

Bill Hernandez   I also have tried using the red-eye reduction mode and I am still having problems.

Any other suggestions?

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1/26/2007 1:16:33 PM

W.    You've ran into the limits of the DX6440, like those of all compact point & shoot cameras with built-in flashguns, Claudia.

If you want to do something about it you could go the 'cheap' route: get a third party flashgun, GN36 or up, with a slave-eye, use off-camera (of course) and trigger it with your camera's flash. You may need to screen off/direct the trigger flash with a piece of cardboard and tape. And figuring out the settings could prove tricky. But then you get what you pay for.

The right way would be to upgrade to a dSLR system with a mount-on (and off) flashgun, in a hotshoe, with tilt and swivel head. Wired if need be, but preferably wireless for off-camera operation. Don't underestimate the unavoidable steep learning curve if you want to make it work, though!

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1/26/2007 6:47:33 PM

  You can always edit
You can always edit
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OR you could edit 'm.

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1/26/2007 6:55:58 PM

Terry  R. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2003
  Good Answers On The Flash, But As WS Responds Limitations Is The Problem.
My Fix Would Be To Take The Kittens Outside For A Nice Natural Lighting Image:-)

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1/27/2007 7:07:51 AM

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