My very first eye shot. Took me less than 10 tries to get this right. Next time I’ll try to get a more interesting subject in the reflection.. :-)
If you’re interested in doing a shot like this, here’s a brief tutorial to what I’ve done to get this shot:
- Make sure you have a reliable light source at your disposal, I used a SB600 flash to bounce this off of the direction where my model was looking, and that definitely made the reflection bright and clear.
- Macro lens or macro extension tube is a must here. A point and shoot camera wouldn’t let you get *that* much details and *that* close *that* sharp
- Manual focus, yes you need it. To nail it perfectly you may have to try it many times because most of the time autofocus will lock on the eye lashes; try the auto focus to manual focus fine tune technique here.
- Trial and error, rinse and repeat until you get it right.
- Post-editing is a subjective personal preference here. It really depends on the reflection, color, and it’s shot. To me, less is almost always more, and honestly I would probably have prefered a black & white treatment all the way. However, the deep brown color is naturally beautiful like a piece of jewel, and thus I couldn’t resist. All I did was masking the b/w layer. That’s it!