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Project 52 Week 6: How to Capture Catchlights

Project 52 Catchlights


Taken with Canon 6D and Canon 40mm 2.8 Lens

Settings: Aperture: f/3.2 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 800

They say, EYES are the windows to the soul. In portraits, eyes can really MAKE your photograph. Have you ever wondered what makes a certain portrait special? What makes it sing? Well, I’m here to tell you that  Capturing catchlights is the key.

What are catchlights? A Catchlight is when your light source is reflected in your subject’s eyes. They give your subject’s eyes life. They make them sparkle.

How to capture catchlights


Settings: f/3.2 Shutter Speed 1/400 ISO 800 

Tip: An easy way to capture catchlights when you are outside is to use open shade or a tree or in this case, a garage. Have your subject stand just on the edge of where the shadow meets the light. Make sure your subject is facing the light and….

project 52 how to capture catchlights

Settings: f/3.2 Shutter Speed 1/400 ISO 800

LAWD I just want to kiss him all day!

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Tips to Help You Take the Best Photos in Your Home - Everyday Eyecandy

Friday 3rd of April 2020

[…] if you want a little more depth, place your subject 45 degrees to the window. Either way, make sure you capture the catchlights in your subject's eyes when they face the […]


Friday 20th of February 2015

Great tips! Your son is such a cutie!


Saturday 14th of February 2015

These are great photos of your son!


Friday 13th of February 2015

This face! I just can't get enough. He is one handsome guy. You are in big trouble in a few years girl. I'll start praying for you now. I love the catchlight tips. Had no idea what that was called. Will have to try it although I know Zoe won't stay still. LOL


Friday 13th of February 2015

Your subject was perfect for this. You might be my photo crush. (Is that a thing?)