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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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    {#OurProject52} - EyesLipgloss & Binky
    February 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

    […] been a little late making my rounds but I’ll be by today. Be sure to stop by and see Lashawn this week to see her interpretation of “eyes”. I’m sure it will be […]

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    Andrea @
    February 12, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Those are some great shots of your little man. Thanks so much for the tips. They will really help my photography.

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    Daenel T @ Living Outside the Stacks
    February 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Love love love! And his face, that little smirk. LOL Just cute.

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    #OurProject52 – Eyes | Mouse in my Pocket
    February 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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    Mimi - MimiCuteLips
    February 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I always love your pictures, you bring everything to life. Your little one is handsome as ever, love his eye lashes.

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    February 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Absolutely precious photos! OMG, Your little guy is growing up!

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    February 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I can’t wait to try this tip out.

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    February 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Pookah is so handsome!

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    Jennifer Rene Owens
    February 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    he so cute! 😉

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    February 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

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

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    February 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

    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

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    February 14, 2015 at 3:58 am

    These are great photos of your son!

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    February 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Great tips! Your son is such a cutie!

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