The Westcott Eyelighter Will Give Wonderful Eyes. In Camera
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.
Neil did a comparison of lighting a person with and without the eyelighter and it actually provides more than just nice highlights, it also provides a great glamor fill light.
It is not a small modifier, nor is it a cheap one. Fully extended it is about 1.5 meter over 0.5 meters and it will set you back about a third of a grand, so it may not be the first modifier to put in your bag. If you are just starting out you may want to consider a foam board for under fill instead.
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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.