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Capture your subject in the best light with these photography tips that cover everything from nature and still-life photography to fashion photography.
You Will Need
- External flash
- Photo-editing software
Don't use a flash
Turn off your camera's automatic flash to eliminate red eye. To compensate for the loss of light, go outside, turn on lights in the room, or use a slower shutter speed or camera setting that is intended for low-light photography.
Use the anti red-eye function
If you need to use flash, turn on the anti red-eye feature on your camera if it has one. Look for an image of an eye among the flash settings, or consult your camera's instruction booklet to find the setting. The short flashes of light cause pupils to constrict and diminish the red-eye effect.
Instruct your subjects to look slightly to the side of the camera lens. Looking to the side changes the angle of light that your retinas reflect and can reduce red eye.
Use an external flash
Mount an external flash to your camera using a bracket that sets the flash off to one side. This technique changes the angle of reflected light and minimizes red eye.
Touch up photos
Once you've taken the picture, remove red eye with basic photo-editing software included with your computer or with a more expensive, professional program. If you have the time and skill to edit photos, you can get rid of most blemishes with no problem!