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BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2004

Tips for Shooting Eyes

I have a friend with really pretty blue eyes. I want to shoot close-ups of her face/eyes. Can anyone give me tips on how to best bring out the color in her eyes (i.e. lighting, etc.)? I'll be using a Canon 10D. I have Photoshop Elements 2.0 ... but haven't used it at all yet. Anything you can tell me about tweaking the shots with the program? Thanks.

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10/8/2004 10:43:29 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  The lighting should be soft and uniform - diffused in some way. If more than one light source is used, try to avoid recording multiple "catch-lights" in her eyes. These can distracting ... especially with close-ups. You can usually see the effect you will get in the viewfinder, and adjust the angle of the lights to prevent this.
Once you've taken your shots, you can tweak the saturation a little to accentuate the color.

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10/9/2004 2:50:30 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2004
  Thanks, Bob. I appreciate the tips.

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10/9/2004 3:32:51 PM

Karney Li   I haven't used Photoshop Elements before but here is a trick you can try in Photoshop. I'd imagine you can probably do it in Elements as well.
1. Duplicate the image to a new layer
2. Add a layer mask to the top layer so that everything is hidden (the layer mask should be all black).
3. Take a white soft brush to colour the mask so that only the eyes from the top layer are showing.
4. Change the blending mode of the top layer to "Overlay"
5. Still working with the top layer, bring up the Hue-saturation tool, and adjust until you like the eyes.
There are plenty of other tricks around, usually variations on a similar theme.

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10/12/2004 8:39:01 AM

Daun    You want to make sure the pupils are really small to increase the amount of blue that is visible in the eyes. Therefore, the more light, the better. Of course, you don't want to shoot in direct sun ... maybe open shade - diffuse the light and/or use a reflector.

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10/12/2004 7:55:16 PM

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