it’s all in the eyes
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.