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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:36 pm 
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I was looking in the gallery at everyone's beautiful babies, and their eyes are so clear and gorgeous in every shot!
When I take pictures of my boys, they come out red, or glowing like- and you can't see their beautiful blue and green eye color. I've tried using the red eye option on my camera, but that doesn't help. Any advice? (Buy a new camera?)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:40 pm 
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Flash is often the culprit that causes "laser-eyes". Have you tried taking photos without? You'd need to try this in daylight.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:42 pm 
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Take your pictures without a flash if possible. :wink: Other than that, I don't know what to do. I have the same problem.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:56 pm 
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Or, point the camera slightly off centre from the cat - if you're head on, the flash will always reflect off their eyes. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:10 pm 
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Don't use the flash but daylight, and if you have to, you can try using a diffuser ;).

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These are Lumiquest, not cheap but you can find them cheaper on ebay apparently (*must buy one too*).

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:02 pm 
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Ah, thanks for that AnnC. There is something I haven't tried yet. I have tried rice paper and tissue to diffuse the flash but it made a sickening crackle sound and didn't really have the desired effect. So I just don't use flash at all.
Maybe this is worth a shot.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:34 pm 
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Maybe this is worth a shot.


LOL :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:42 pm 
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Mr T wrote:
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Maybe this is worth a shot.


LOL :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:33 pm 
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The reason you get laser eyes is because of the light from the flash reflecting off of the back of the eye back into the lens.

There are several ways of avoiding it.

1. Don't use flash.
2. Use a flash with some sort of diffuser.
3. Take the photo from an angle so the flash doesn't bounce straight back into the lens.
3. If you can, angle the flash so you can bounce it off of the wall, ceiling.
4. Use an off camera flash.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:15 pm 
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This is good advice.. I know I have issues with that as well and most of the time you can't tell my little guy has a pale shade of green eyes.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:33 pm 
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Hi

Some cameras have a red eye setting on the flash which helps, also a lot of photo-editing software have ways to simply get rid of red eye from photos.

I noticed some free red eye removal programs when I Googled. Not sure how well they work but some of the photo-editing software programs that come with cameras also sort out red eye.
http://www.vicman.net/redeyeremoverpro/index.htm seems quite simple.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:45 pm 
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junglerose wrote:
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Some cameras have a red eye setting on the flash which helps, also a lot of photo-editing software have ways to simply get rid of red eye from photos.

I noticed some free red eye removal programs when I Googled. Not sure how well they work but some of the photo-editing software programs that come with cameras also sort out red eye.
http://www.vicman.net/redeyeremoverpro/index.htm seems quite simple.


These settings do work but not for really nice close-ups where you want to see the colour and detail of the eyes.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:14 pm 
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Hi

I think Photoshop will still maintain the detail as long as there is enough pixels/detail in the photo to begin with.
Most good photo-editing programs will not merely colour the red/green as black but will maintain the variations in colour, for example reflections in the eyes will still be present.

These are fixes, the best thing really is to alter your technique to avoid the red eye in the first place.

see

http://www.colorpilot.com/redeye_effect.html for some more details.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:10 pm 
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I try to take pixs in day light.... that is the very best way... i think...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:09 pm 
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Thanks for the tips everyone!
I took your advice, and this is how my Yuki came out- kind of dark...I think I just don't have a very good camera!

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