Welcome to Week 16 of the Photography Awesomesauce Winter Photo Challenge! This week we are going to take some time to focus on eye catchlights.
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Photos are due Sunday, February 23rd.
Catchlights, in terms of photography, are the shape of a light source reflected in the surface of a subject’s eye. What you might be asking is, why is this important? For portrait photographers catchlights can make or break a photograph. Have you ever seen a photo where there are no catchlights in the subjects eyes and thought something was missing or it didn’t convey just the right feeling? Catchlights are a feature that can do that in a photograph.
While you’re learning and exploring catchlights I really encourage you to start learning about them by thinking about them regularly. When you are watching your favorite TV shows and movies notice how in all of the scenes they have catchlights in their eyes. Sometimes they may be small and sometimes large, but it gives the eyes more depth and helps tell a better story. When there are no catchlights I often refer to it as “shark eyes.” If you’ve ever seen a shark eye that’s completely dark and devoid of light that’s what photographs look like without catchlights.
Getting catchlights has no formula. If you are looking for a formula for positioning and angles don’t expect there to be a perfect one. While taking your portrait this week just experiment. Find a subject with eyes – real live reflective ones – and position them by any light source – your choice. Move your feet and move your subject around and until you get the kind of catchlights you like.