Taking a photo of your eyes – or anyone else’s – is no easy task. We’re sure you’ve probably already tried at some point in your life and failed, but hey! Others have done it too, there’s no way you can’t.
Good news is that the world of photography is advanced and ever improving – you can now take amazing professional level photos just from your phone. This also means that there’s no better time for you to try your hand at close-up photography than now.
It’s as easy as taking a shot with the right settings and then posting it online using selfie captions from Facetune2. All you need is your phone camera, a steady hand, and the right knowledge. Let’s get into it.
1. The Equipment
Thanks to great mobile photography technology, you won’t really need a lot of extra equipment to take a photo of the eyes, but you will need to make sure that whatever you have can deliver the quality you want.
In case you think the camera itself isn’t enough, you can invest in macro lens attachments for your phone camera. You might also need some lighting equipment and a tripod if you want some really professional level photos.
While the macro lens will help ensure great quality photos of the eyes, the tripod will help you keep your camera still.
This is important because the eyes have a tendency to move all over the place to focus on a scene, and this can be a huge problem if you’re asking the subject to look straight into the camera. Any minor movement that wouldn’t have originally mattered will have the eyes moving to keep the focus on the camera, which in turn will result in blurred photos.
2. The Light
There are several ways to handle the lighting of a photograph like this, from natural light to strobes. What you choose depends on how much experience you have with this kind of photography and what results you want.
Natural light is of course almost always the best choice, but it won’t help if you want the light to be falling straight into the subject’s eyes – we don’t think standing out in the sun or looking directly at it is easy or suggestible. On the other hand, some soft lighting in a room in the afternoon or at sunset can bring out some amazing colors in someone’s eyes.
On the other hand, soft artificial light is available all the time and can be better controlled – your shoot won’t suffer for any rainy days and cloudy weather. It might be more damaging to the eyes though, and they might get red which is why frequent breaks are essential.
Strobes and flashes are the trickiest when it comes to photographing the eyes. This is because we have a tendency to blink or close our eyes when faced with bright and flashy lighting, and with good reason.
3. The Pose and Position
If you want an interesting photo, you can ask your subject to focus on something far away and try different angles. Posing and the position doesn’t really matter much in other cases, since there aren’t too many poses you can make with your eyes! All you need to care about is making sure the light brings out the irises just right, and that you’re using the right camera settings.
If your subject has trouble keeping their eyes still, you can try the burst shot feature that is common in many phones. You can even try taking a photo of both the eyes in an HDR shot.
While taking the photo with a phone, you also need to make sure it focuses right – but you can easily do that by clicking on the spot in the photo you want you camera to focus on. In this case, the irises.