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How to remove flash from eyes?

 
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Sep 23, 2017 00:16 |  #1

I am looking to get some advice on how to remove flash from eyes, from an on camera flash. There not the most attractive thing, though have only found information out there on red eye which is a bit different. Would appreciate any help. If you can't zoom in on the shots i will crop them.



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Sep 23, 2017 00:22 |  #3

I'd leave them. Especially with the young lady, if you clone the 'flash' out you'll turn the eyes into unsightly black holes. It's normal for the eyes to have a catchlight.


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Sep 23, 2017 00:26 |  #4

What you are dealing with is the catch light in the images. Most people like these. Instead of trying to remove them, the better option is to use the flash in ways that make the catch light more attractive. The best way to do that is to separate the flash farther from the camera. Usually up and to the side. If you are using a flash on the camera, simply using something like a flashbender will help.


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Sep 23, 2017 00:30 as a reply to  @ Nogo's post |  #5

What i am shooting is dating profile shots, so ideally i don't want the shots to look like they were taken professionally. You don't think it really matters though?




  
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Sep 23, 2017 00:31 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #6

i did notice that, doesn't look great




  
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Sep 23, 2017 00:44 |  #7

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You don't think it really matters though?

Any catchlight would be better than a blacked out pupil in my opinion. Your best option other than accepting this as "good enough" would be to take another shot without the flash and layer the pupil into the original. That may be more work than you wish to do though being these are just photos for use on a dating site.


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Sep 23, 2017 19:24 |  #8

Are you planning to do more of these and is your flash off your camera?

If they were red eyes, that would be strange. But a hint of light looks fine, and in fact can look natural because other bright city lights or sky can cause that too sometimes.


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Sep 23, 2017 20:08 |  #9

dylan84 wrote in post #18458411 (external link)
What i am shooting is dating profile shots, so ideally i don't want the shots to look like they were taken professionally. You don't think it really matters though?

Then use a phone from 18" away with the LED on in a dark room and hold it vertically.




  
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Sep 25, 2017 10:00 |  #10

The best way to eliminate those kinds of catchlights is to not use on-camera flash.

Get the flash off the camera,
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Have the subject stand in a location where the ambient light is flattering and put away the flash entirely.


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Sep 25, 2017 11:28 |  #11

You actually WANT catchlights in the eye. Thats a plus.




  
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Sep 25, 2017 11:33 |  #12

A little catchlight from flash is not a bad thing. I like those. There is always PS but inconvenient for multiple files. Other method is to bounce. This person who I consider the master of in camera bounces off anything he can find. Directional lighting as opposed to direct will give images more depth.

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Another option is off camera flash which may be inconvenient for your purposes. Even getting the flash higher with a bracket makes a difference.

You may consider a flash diffuser but stay away from the gimmicks that say they have overcome the physics of light. ;-)a I made this one for about 5 dollars but I seldom use it. I prefer to bounce and put my flash on a bracket when I can't and it is what it is. I don't worry about it.

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