Get some real estate into the iris!
How often do we see images shot with flash where the pupils of our subject are dilated?
Do we want our subject’s beautiful blue eyes to sparkle in our photograph, or do we want pupils that look like saucepan lids to overshadow them?
As a headshot and portrait photographer, I can categorically state that we want to see the colour of those eyes.
Today’s post is a quick tip to address this frequently overlooked element of flash photography.
It’s something I see every day.
I’ve been guilty of it myself.
Why is it so common?
When we photograph a subject using flash, the temptation is to place our subject in a dark room to ensure that the only light to illuminate them is coming from our flash unit. The problem arises here as the pupils dilate to allow in more light. Firing off a flash in a dark room confounds the issue even further.
So what can we do?
There are two solutions to this.
Set up your studio so that the subject is looking directly towards a window. The light from the window will have the desired effect and keep the pupils from dilating.
The second solution is to use flash units that have modelling lights. Switching on the modelling light will have the same effect as looking at the window.
Two simple solutions that will accentuate the detail in the eyes of your subject.
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