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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

R is for RED-EYE

Did you ever take some special photos of family or friends and were really excited about getting them developed?  You pay at the photo counter before rushing out to view them in privacy.  And then a huge "S**T" is vocalized within the confines of the car as you pound the steering wheel.  In every shot, eerie red devil's eyes stare out at you!  Or you upload your digital photos to a photo software program and all you can see are those devilish red eyes!  Well, at least you didn't have to pay for developing!

How did this happen?  It was such a gorgeous evening and you took such great care in posing everyone to make them comfortable.  Well, you probably used a flash and that light from the flash reflected off the retinas of everyone's eyes.  

How can we fix this so it never happens again?  Some cameras have a "red eye reduction" feature where the flash goes off twice.  The first flash causes people's pupils to contract, reducing "red eye" significantly. Another trick is to turn on all the lights in the room, which also contracts the pupil.  You could also move the flash away from the lens by detaching it and holding it several feet away.  Finally, if it's possible, try bouncing the flash off the ceiling.

In other words, to prevent red eye, you just have to alter the angle the light enters or exits the eye OR change the harshness of the light.  

You can also use a feature in Photoshop or other photography software that removes red eye.  I've done this and it's very effective.
  














 
 

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24 comments:

jill said...

Oh the times that has happened to me and usually on a perfect pic so annoying.Have a fab week Leslie.Love Jill xx

Roger Owen Green said...

"JUST have to alter the angle"? Ah, the bane of my photographic existence.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Shrinky said...

Ha, I think everyone experiences this one! Some great, useful tips Leslie, prevention is always better than cure. I'm so looking forward to your upcoming visit - I'll be sure to have my camera charged..(wink)

nancygrayce said...

Oh, man, if I only had your photography skills! My editing program has that red eye removal, but it makes the pupil totally black and looks like the person in on drugs. My new big girl camera takes great photos with no red eyes, but it's bulky to take everywhere.

Sigh!

ewok1993 said...

this is too much work fixing the red eye via the software. i wonder though if you set up the camera with the red eye reduction button if that really works. i haven't tried it yet.

Hildred and Charles said...

Red eye is something I know all about, - easy to fix but you always seem to lose something in the expression of the eye.

Carver said...

Red eye can be an issue in photography and it does help having software to correct it. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team

photowannabe said...

Sometimes the software does make the subject look like a zombie, but thank goodness for that tool.
Interesting subject for the letter R.

Meryl said...

Great post. I always wondered how to deal with those shiny red eyes.

Have a great week!

Paula Scott said...

Great post on red eye! Doesn't it bug you big time, though when you see in a magazine or newspaper an image published with red eye? Such an easy fix...

Mar said...

The morrre the merrrier, how wonderful!! and very useful tips, thank you :)

Andy David said...

I must admit i have experienced this a couple times before and could not correct. Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

Great advice Leslie! I shall try to avoid making red eyes. Have a great week!
Wil, ABC Team.

zongrik said...

good tips

radiation rampage

Ann said...

yes, this does happen to me sometimes. Thanks for the helpful tips.
Ann

VioletSky said...

oh yes, either red-eyes, or the dreaded blinked-eyes!

chubskulit said...

Thanks for these great tips once again Leslie. I rarely get red eye pictures but when I do, I just delete them lol.

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

DawnTreader said...

Indoors photography in a crowd is tricky, with spontaneous photos one doesn't usually have much time to think! Good thing there are possibilities of digital editing nowadays.

sush said...

wow- good point for the R theme-thanks to software we can rectify this error now

Luna Miranda said...

i have used the red eye reduction feature of my camera a few times. but most of the time, i just forget to use it.:p

Black Jack's Carol said...

What a practical way of highlighting the letter "R" for your post, Leslie. My newest camera (not so new any more) does quite well, and iphoto steps in when needed, but for some reason, i hadn't thought of changing the angle. Great advice.. thanks!

Lisa said...

I love the "red eye" tool in PhotoShop. I've saved a lot of photos with it. My youngest always has red eyes...perhaps that's telling me something? :-)

jane said...

Great post Leslie - thank goodness for technology and red eye reduction - I have replied to your comment on my blog - if you care to pop over - have a great week - Jane UK

Hannah said...

Oh, all the time!! Great tips, thank you, Leslie!!