Post # 1
My eyes cannot adjust to light well (one has almost no iris) so they are very light sensitive. However, we really want outside photos for our wedding. Inside isn’t us. Does anyone have any suggestions to avoid the squinitng in pix? Other than sun glasses, that is… Thanks
Post # 3
@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
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
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 🙂
Post # 6
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
@soon2beMrsGP: what I wouldn’t do to be on that beach right now… and your pictures are beautiful, squinty eyes and all! 😉
Post # 8
@soon2beMrsGP: Oh wow, your pictures are amazing.
Post # 9
@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 # 10
Thanks for the advice guys. I will talk to our photographer about the countdown idea. Unfortunately, sunset is out as the event will probably be late morning or early afternoon.
@MrsGP: You guys look great! I’d be happy with that look, I think.
Post # 11
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 # 12
Thanks, Serabell! I will definitely try those. Late morning and trees may well work and I did think about a parasol or something too.
Post # 13
you always give such great advice on the boards 🙂
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 😀