it’s all in the eyes

Digital SLR Photography - - The Beginner ’s Guide -

with a por­trait de­void of colour, it’s never been so im­por­tant to en­sure there’s enough light in the eyes. catch­lights are cru­cial for adding life to what would other­wise be solid black pupils and dark irises. it’s tempt­ing to brighten the whites of the eyes to cre­ate con­trast, and over- edit the irises to re­veal tonal de­tail, but this can re­sult in stark, un­nat­u­ral- look­ing faces. it’s far bet­ter to achieve the right ex­po­sure us­ing flash or a re­flec­tor for a softer look, full of de­tail, than it is to ‘ fake’ it by us­ing dodge and burn.

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