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Chapter Two. Using Your Studio Like a Pr... > Catch Lights and Why You Want Them

Catch Lights and Why You Want Them

SCOTT KELBY

You know that reflection of your softboxes that appears in your subject’s eyes? Those are called catch lights, and you want them. Badly. Without them, your subject’s eyes won’t have any sparkle to them and will look like dead, lifeless pools of despair (okay, that’s pushing it a bit, but you get the idea). So, don’t freak out, or as I’ve had people suggest in emails to me, try to remove them in Photoshop. Instead, make sure they’re there, because they’re supposed to be there. Now, that being said, the next time you see another studio photographer’s work, take a good close look at the subject’s eyes and you can usually not only tell which type of softbox they used (square, round, an umbrella, an octagonal softbox, a beauty dish, etc.), but you’ll also be able to see the position of the light (if they had it right in front, over to the side, etc.). And, if you see another catch light at the bottom of the eye, you’ll know the photographer used a reflector positioned down low to put some light back into the eyes. It’s kind of a mini-lighting lesson each time you take a close look.


  

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