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7th of October 2008 (Tue), 11:52
it seems like no matter what time of day, location, or lighting I am in I always get dark eyes in the photo.
Anyone have suggestions for getting brighter more vibrant eyes?
I have tried fill flash but still not to hot with that either!
I attached a few quick straight from camera sample
7th of October 2008 (Tue), 12:03
Well judging by the shot that you have here you have two options. First shot with more of the sun behind you to make it so the eyes are lit with the ambient. I can see that its over cast in your photo, but I can also tell that the direction of the ambient was coming from the right/behind the subjects face. And that is what caused the shadow at the eyes. So positioning the sun behind you in this case would have eliminated the harsh shadows. The other option would be fill flash, and in particular getting some catch light in the eye by way of white card on the 580 ex or just using a piece of paper and an elastic to create the same effect. Either way you'll get less shadow around the eyes and that little speck of bright light reflecting off the eye itself. If someone doesn’t post an example pic before I get home from work I’ll throw one up.
7th of October 2008 (Tue), 12:49
blackjagger is pretty much right on in everything he said.
You can either go with a better spot for natural light or use fill flash or a reflector. Im not that hot with fill flash so i always opt for finding some good natural light!
I think the best way to go about finding it is to figure out how to see light. You have to watch which way its coming from predominantly. Outside on an overcast day, it can be coming from lots of different directions but the main source is still going to be overhead...which means youll get dark eyes/shadows under the eyes.
My favorite thing to do is to put a person underneath something but facing out...like a porch - i will put them right on the edge of it- facing out. That way there is still enough ambient light to light them up - but its coming from in front of them instead of from above. That will also give you good catch lights in their eyes most of the time. In the case like with the wedding dress - you probably want her out in the greenery - so you could look for patches of shade created by trees or just do the shots out in the open without her looking at you. I find that out in open shade or even open bright sunlight - you can get some great shots - just not ones with eye contact. Have her look down/look away...whatever. that way you can use whatever scenery you want as a backdrop and highlight the dress
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