newbie: red eye

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Punch, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Punch

    Punch Guest

    1st question I have is how to eliminate red eye from pictures taken with a
    digital camera, why are 50% of my shots producing red eye?

    2nd question, I have a vehicle which I am customizing, and need to take some
    pictures of, I need some tips for that awesome shot, eg background, natural
    lighting etc... One problem I have been having is my own reflection showing
    on the car?

    Punch, Oct 18, 2004
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  2. Red-eye prevention requires use of a camera that uses pre-flash to stimulate
    the mammalian's pupil to respond by contracting to the pre-flash, thus
    reducing -- not eliminating -- red-eye. Google "red-eye removal"

    Software: Photoshop Elements ($99 US) and Irfanview (free!) can take care of
    red-eye post-production. Many of the applications that come with your
    digicam have a red-eye fix. Nikonview does.

    Reflection: you'll need to construct some sort of blind to poke your lens
    through, or take the shot off-angle.
    Larry CdeBaca, Oct 18, 2004
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  3. Punch

    Punch Guest

    thanks, I always forget to search google....
    Punch, Oct 18, 2004
  4. Larry CdeBaca, Oct 18, 2004
  5. Punch

    brian Guest

    Red eye, is actually caused by the proximity of the flash unit to the camera
    lens, the closer together they are the more pronounced the red eye effect
    will be, if your camera has red eye reduction, use it, and if you can , get
    a lash that mounts on the hotshoe adapter, either directly or by means of a
    cable, the cable is even better as it means you can hold the flash above the
    camera and reduce or even eliminate red eye.

    brian, Oct 18, 2004
  6. Punch

    Owamanga Guest

    I'd also add that the pupil dilatation can affect how bad the red-eye
    is going to be, thus many anti-redeye cameras pre-flash or use an
    AF-illuminator to cause the subject's pupils to contract prior to
    taking the photo. This is annoying and disruptive for the subject.

    As Brian said, red eye (on humans) can be eliminated totally by not
    using the built-in flash. But it's more of an angle thing than a
    distance: The closer the subject, the less the distance between the
    flash and the camera need to be to stop the red-eye.

    To fix old photos: For consumer photography, try Kodak's 'Perfect
    Touch' processing which digitally removes (read: reduces) red eye from
    the prints. Or do it yourself with Photoshop.

    BTW: A black pen sold as an anti-redeye tool to be used directly on
    the print is one sure way of making some evil looking people.
    Owamanga, Oct 18, 2004
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