(Closed) Squinty eyes :(

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Damselfly: Can you have your photographer count down to when the picture will be taken.

That way you just keep your eyes closed until the last minute then open them right before the picture is taken.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As Katnyc said, that is probably the best way, but you may also get the deer in the headlights look, so you might want to try it a couple times with your own camera so you can get used to it a little… But that is the best way to get outdoor non-squinty eye pics… My eyes are very light sensitive as well, so I know how you feel!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Make sure you take your pictures around sunset, that way there will be less direct light. My eyes are very sensitive, too, and it is not nearly as much of a problem taking pictures later in the day. Plus, that time of day yields the best light  for pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had this problem too during our TTD session on the beach in MX.  The sun was shining so bright!  OUr photog would have us close our eyes and she would count to 3 and say open.  It worked for the most part.  In some of our pics, we are still squinting tho!  Here’s a couple that we’re really squinting in !!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@soon2beMrsGP: what I wouldn’t do to be on that beach right now… and your pictures are beautiful, squinty eyes and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@soon2beMrsGP: Oh wow, your pictures are amazing.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@yellowlace:  The “golden” hour is the best time to take landscape images as there are no shadows, a controllable dynamic range, and it provides a pleasing ambiance.  As for portraits, the only thing I can say about it is for beginning photographers it’s the time of choice because it’s the EASIST time of day to take photographs as there is no thinking involved with light sources.  However, unless you are using speedlights for fill (off camera) the light is very flat, and you know what the say, when the lighting is flat, the models look fat.  Nonetheless, it is probably the OP’s best bet to overcome the squinting.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

One way to help with squinty eyes is to look just above the camera. Not too high up! But just a little over the top of it. Keep your head the same level as you would if you were looking straight-on, but shift your eyes upward. Practice with your own camera to see how that works.

Otherwise, go for late morning. Stay in shadowed areas & face away from the sun. Maybe go outside 30min-1hr before the photo time to get your eyes more adjusted. Plan photo spots that have lots of shade.

Use props, like an umbrella or a sun hat. That will help your eyes not be as squinty.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@USER876:

you always give such great advice on the boards ๐Ÿ™‚

I was going to say the same thing -your best light is that slim window just before/during sunset & sunrise. the earlier/later you go the more shadow play you will have & depending on your photographers skill level the results will vary.

“..and you know what the say, when the lighting is flat, the models look fat.” Gods I love you, you’re such a riot ๐Ÿ˜€

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