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Capture their story through the eyes

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With Randy Jay Braun

Improve Your Photography ‒ Destination Hawaii

Capture their story through the eyes.
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It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. To me, the eyes of Hawaii are the most beautiful in the world, because of our ethnic melting pot.

As a professional photographer I not only agree but will go deeper in saying that the eyes reveal a personʻs secrets and also life history.

When photographing eyes of a person, care should be taken by any photographer, as this is what will make or break any candid or posed portrait.

The Eyes hold emotional expressions of their own. I often instruct my subjects to relax you mouth, but smile with your eyes. Or sometimes I simply engage in real debate or discussion with my model in order to bring out the story from the eyes.

Here are a couple favorite techniques I suggest you use when eyes are a part of a photograph:

  • First – Focus your lens on the eyelashes nearest to the camera.

    If I am using a camera with several auto-focus options, then I will use only the single center focus point on the eyelashes before recomposing to capture the subject. Occasionally I just use old-fashioned manual focus.

  • Second – Engage in conversation while photographing your subject to provoke natural eye movements and facial expressions.

    Ask a perplexing question or talk about chocolate or boyfriends / girlfriends, or travel.

    This conversation will relax the subject and they may not even notice you are photographing them.

  • Third – Whenever possible, check to see that the eyes have… Read More

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