Project 52- Catchlights

Hello!  Happy Friday!

I am soooo excited to be back taking part in the Pet Photography 52 Week Blog Circle!!!  I had a lot of fun doing this last year.  Unfortunately, I had to stop because we found out that my heart dog, Buster, had hemangiosarcoma.  He fought a good fight, but we eventually lost him.  I am so thankful for this blog circle because I have some awesome images of him that I probably would have never taken on my own.  I still have my other muse, Zoey, so she will be taking on the role of "chief doggie model" from here on out.  

This week's theme is CATCHLIGHTS.  Catchlights are simply the light source reflecting off of the eyes.  The shape of the catchlight will depend upon your light source.  If you are ever curious how an image was lit, zoom in on the eyes and see if you can see a particular shape (or shapes).  This can give you a clue to what type of light modifier, if any, was used and it's position to the subject.  It can also reveal if more than one light was used.  If the catchlight has no particular shape, it could be just natural light illuminating the subject.  

It amazes me that something so small can make such a huge impact on an image.  Catchlights give the eyes life and dimension.  Typically, they are most pleasing when positioned towards the top of the eyes.  

In this first image, Zoey has really large catchlights in both eyes because she is looking directly up into the open sky...

So large, in fact, you can actually see ME inside of the catchlight...

This next image is an example of no catchlights (which was surprisingly difficult to capture).  Zoey was looking down, so almost no light was reflecting in her eyes...

Next, we moved inside to see if we could capture some different catchlights.  In this image, Zoey has a nice large catchlight in her left eye and a small catchlight in her right eye.  The image still works because she does at least have some light reflecting from both eyes.

Next, you will notice that Zoey only has a catchlight in her left eye.  This image just doesn't have that same lively, playful feeling that the previous image has...

And finally, we have no catchlights.  I closed the big window that was illuminating Zoey in the previous two images.  It just looks flat and sad to me...

As you can see, catchlights are SUPER IMPORTANT when it comes to photography.  They can really set the tone for the feel of the image you are trying to get across.  Next up, please check out Nancy Kieffer Photography Serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond

Thanks for stopping by!  

~Kelly

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