Eyes POP

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by finnschi, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

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  2. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    It's simply the lighting at the moment of capture penetrating into the eye. In your photo, the face is receiving a raking light, and very little light is going right into the eye.
     
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    This is primarily a lighting issue at the time of the shoot. If I had a high rez copy of this file I could do a bit with PhotoShop, but Post on eyes is difficult.

    I don't think either of your reference shots have much Post going on. Lighting eyes is an art.
    Dale
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    IMO, the whites are way over-processed in both examples. You need to have a large reflective or emitive source of bright light, and you need to shoot in brighter surroundings to not have the pupil overwhelm the eye- modeling lights on strobes, or more ambient light will work.
     
  5. Maxxamillian macrumors 6502

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    Any PP to the eyes should be subtle and nuanced. To do otherwise will produce an other-worldly effect, which is bad if that is not the effect you are after.

    It is one thing to look cute/beautiful/innocent and an entirely different thing to look like a vampire.

    Keep experimenting! Take your subject into a room with a large window and shoot while having the subject look outside. You will be surprised how easy it is to "pop" the eyes without touching photoshop.
     
  6. stagi macrumors 65816

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    all about the lighting! You just need some fill for the eyes
     

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