Week 4 Catchlights
Catchlights are the highlights you see in the eye. This could be a flash, a reflector, or the sky/clouds reflecting in the eyes. Some photographers will use gobos to create interesting shape reflections. Personally, I think it’s too much but each to their own.
Below you will see two type of catchlights in Jester’s eyes. One is from a softbox strobe catchlight and the next is a ring light catchlight.
The ring light can be really hard to use with your subjects as it’s a constant SUPER bright light that is very blinding.
I took several shots of Jester using the ring light, but many of them were of him squinting. I don’t pull my ring light out much for that reason. You also need your subject to be straight on to the camera so the circles go around the pupil perfectly. As you can see Jester was turned slightly so the right was a bit off.
A reason to use a different type of lighting is the mood each one gives. As you can see the ring light illuminated none of the background leaving it much darker in appearance than using the softbox. It’s a creative technique to change up your images.
In this image, no artificial light was used. By tilting your subjects head up toward the sky you can see all the reflections catchlights in the eye giving you amazing contrast and highlights.
Here are two more examples of a strobe light catchlight. The larger the softbox the larger the catchlight in the eyes.
If you missed last weeks technique, fill the frame, head here.
This is a blog circle so it’s time for you to head on over to the next photographers take on catchlights, MuttinsnCat