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Eric ­ Myers
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Mar 01, 2016 15:38 |  #1

I have a quick question for the people that work in the fashion/makeup side of photography, I happened to walk by a makeup display and noticed that the model in the photo still had the flash setup reflecting in her eyes, is there a reason it isn't edited out of the pupil? I only had seen 1 or 2 images that didn't have noticeable flash in the eyes.


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Mar 01, 2016 16:38 |  #2

Are you speaking of catchlights in general or do you mean that you could actually make out the details of the flash and/or modifier reflected in the eyes?


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Mar 03, 2016 15:16 |  #3

As a general rule, catchlights are intentional - and on something as thoroughly produced as a makeup ad, they're very precisely placed.

Google Images search for "mascara ad" and you'll see catchlights in the eyes of every single one. In a handful, they're even pinpoint catchlights in the center of the pupils, from on-camera or on-axis flash.
http://www.nytimes.com ...ture-betty-boop.html?_r=0 (external link)

IMO, eyes without catchlights seem much duller. I'll often clone a catchlight from one eye to the other, if shadows from the face hid the light from one eye.


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Mar 11, 2016 15:54 |  #4

I never edit out the catchlights. I think doing so makes the eyes look too dull. Here though, you can judge for yourself.

no catchlight

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Mar 11, 2016 15:58 |  #5

I agree with others that catch lights in the eyes add sparkle. However, I think ring flash catch lights are disquietingly spooky. Others disagree and like them.


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Mar 11, 2016 16:26 |  #6

joedlh wrote in post #17932057 (external link)
I agree with others that catch lights in the eyes add sparkle. However, I think ring flash catch lights are disquietingly spooky. Others disagree and like them.

The way the light wraps around the pupil, as if the subject was on some alien LSD trip? Who wouldn't like that look? ;-)a


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Apr 02, 2016 18:38 as a reply to PineBomb's post |  #7

It has it's place, but yes, best saved for insects and other alien-looking creatures unless that fits the brief for the shoot!


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Jun 10, 2016 14:09 |  #8

Ring catchlights in the eyes can be very hypnotic, especially on an attractive subject and the attention in on his or her face.


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