Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fun with Photography -- Eyes

I have been looking online for tutorials and lessons to learn how to better use my camera. One of the sites I have been on is called I Heart Faces and last week I entered their contest with photos all focusing on eyes. My favorite pictures that others take are often focused on the eyes that have a brilliant light or a "catch light" to them and they really "pop". This is not always possible but I found the best time to look for the light shining in the children's eyes when outdoors is early morning or at dusk.

I am starting to get the hang of it but it is all in the positioning. Indoors it only works next to a window using natural light.  When you start noticing it, you'll catch on. I have found of course that many photos have the eyes enhanced using photo editing and now that I have PhotoShop Elements 8 (John bought me for my birthday!) it is quite fun to play with. Here are my two favorite eye pictures. Too bad they aren't of my own children! Mine aren't sitting still enough lately to get crystal clear eye shots. And when trying, we all zoomed in and took pictures of each others eyes including my own and I discovered that close ups of my own eyes really show wrinkles and that I do NOT like to see! (Pete told me that it doesn't show when I have my glasses on) :)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="See the sparkle in his eyes?"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="He isn't smiling here but I love his big blue eyes. The pilot cap he wears to keep his hearing aids in really brings out the blue."][/caption]


Phyllis Beadle said...

Hey, I was not able to leave a comment last time I was here. I can't believe that you are ... you! After your comment on my blog, I looked to see your blog. I had found your blog late last summer! I had gotten onto Homeschool blogger and looked up blogs that had a Charlotte Mason emphasis. I had read yours. I had been back several times later in the fall, but slacked off on many blogs earlier this year. So you have been reading my blog, and I had been reading yours! : ) I think that is pretty funny!

Tracy said...

I am a "catch light" addict! It is such fun. Keep playing with it and I expect to see some photos of your own children with those lights in their eyes soon. I think I see some in Missy Blue's eyes in her hair cut photo ;)

Amy Veldman said...

Hi, Amy...don't know if you remember me, but my husband Neil works with John. I, too, have been looking at different online tutuorials, etc. to better understand my camera and improve techniques. Your pictures are beautiful...I do love the sparkle in the eyes. I wonder is you could tell me what tutorials you are most interested in? I am having a hard time deciding how involved to get and how much money to put into it because I don't have a lot of time at this time in my life to devote to this (I know you can relate!) Have a wonderful week!


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