Catching the mood and the spirit of the moment may be one of our primary tasks as photographers or videographers. Yet, we may also be creating them ourselves. One way or the other, one ingredient is essential: light. And this wonderful video from Dedo Weigert will tell you about the importance of light in the “windows to the soul” – the light in the eyes.
When her work isn’t being shown in the Saatchi Gallery within the Louvre or in an advertisement for Adobe, Flóra Borsi is behind the camera or computer, capturing and compositing fine art images to share with the world.
In one of her more recent series, Animeyed, the Hungarian photographer brought together animals and self portraits to make an eye-catching collection of images that show the eyes of animals overlaid on her own. [Read more…]
One of the holy grails of beauty retouching is perfect eyes. Actually, getting good lighting on the eyes would probably be one of the first things you would lean in a beauty retouching workshop, maybe after perfecting skin. One of the “secrets” to getting good light on the eyes is getting a slight moon-shaped highlight on the bottom of the eye. Dave Piper covered that a while back on his eye’s retouching tutorial, but what if you wanted to get this in camera?
I just stumbled upon this great lighting modifier over at Neil van Niekerk’s Tangents blog. It is called the The Eyelighter and only does one thing, but it does it well: It provides a light that gives an arched reflection in the eye.
Dani Diamond of Fstoppers recently shared a pretty quick and clever way to removing those dark patches you have under the eyes of your subjects.
Ignoring the commonly used patch tool, Dodge/Burn tool and Clone tool which either copy the texture as well as the color or smudging the texture altogether. Instead, Dani opts to use the curves tool which allows improving the dark tones while not affecting the texture. The entire tutorial and more examples can be found at Fstoppers.
P.S. If you are looking for a more complete/glamor eye retouching check out this tutorial from Dave Piper.
It has been said many times before, the eyes are one of the key elements that photographers try and capture.
Here is a little video showing a technique that I picked up from Scott Kelby. The book was called Professional Portrait Retouching.
If you want to follow along. I have have made a few little notes. [Read more…]