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Red Eye Effect and How to Overcome it during Halloween Photography

The devilish looking red eye effect that you often get when you shoot your subject in low light is certainly scary. We recommend you to have red eyes in your Halloween pictures in order to make them look ghoulish. However, if you are simply capturing family portraits during the Halloween night, red eyes can seriously affect the quality of your pictures. Chances of getting red eye effect during Halloween photo shoot is more because you would usually shoot in low light; however, with little precaution, you would be able to avoid these spooky distractions. Here are some ways that you must try in order to get clear eyes.

  • Red eye is most common during low light photography, more specifically when you are using a flash to fill up the light deficiencies. We therefore, recommend you to use ambient light instead of using flash. If the lighting is really low, use alternate sources that can supply some light along without leaving you with red eyed subjects. Some of the alternative lighting sources that you may consider are candles, torches, Christmas light, fireplace light, etc.
  • If you are using a flash, diffuse it appropriately. Bounce it off through a ceiling or through a wall instead of directly flashing it towards your subject. Red eye effect occurs when flash light bounces off the retina of the eyes and therefore, redirecting the light is sure to help you eliminate this distortion. Flash light is very strong and when directed directly towards the subject, it will get reflected from the retina. You will see normal eyes physically but cameraís sensor will record them as red. The redness that you see in photographs is the color of the blood vessels that are present in your retina.
  • If you cannot avoid using flash and have to direct it straight towards the subject, ask your subject to look away from the camera and the flash. The flash light will not directly reach the retina and therefore, will not get reflected from it.
  • You can also try adjusting the flash so that the flashlight isnít directed straight towards the subjectís eyes. This will be possible if you have an external flash. Position your flash slightly upwards or downwards than the subjectís eye level.
  • Most cameras these days come with red eye reduction feature. You must opt for it in order to naturally reduce red eye effect.


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