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Dash of Inspiration: Catchlights = Life

August 10, 2015

DashInspirationBanner_2015If you are a photographer, you should know about catch light or catchlights which is a highlight in your subject’s eye from a light source. These are critical for any living being, in other words, animals too. If you took photography classes you would hear the professor say that catch lights equal life, without them the eyes look dead. There is no personality, no sparkle, nothing to draw the viewer in to face of your subject.

Whether this is something new or you’d like a refresher, these are some great links:

What are Catch Lights? by A Beautiful Mess

Creating Catch Lights in Eyes

Making Eyes Pop and Sparkle and Finding the Light by Paint the Moon

Add Catch Light to Eyes using Photoshop | TrickyPhotoshop

For our visual artists, using traditional mediums, here is a quick video tutorial:

How to Draw a Dog’s Eye With Watercolors : Visual Art Tips

Author: Janae Hardy©


If you haven’t already, check out our August Dash of Inspiration Design Challenge!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kati Cheldelin permalink
    August 15, 2015 6:29 pm

    Just wanted to thank you again and again for taking the time to share. I read every post and I use so many of the resources you provide. Plus, you’re always a source of inspiration. I often forget to post a reply to convey how much I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences and expertise with all of us.


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