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Old 01-10-2007   #1
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I am not trolling here, I have had numerous conversations on this subject - Catch lights, one, two or more per eye?
What shape do you believe to be more pleasing?

What are your views?

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Old 01-10-2007   #2
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I prefer one per eye around 11 or 1 oclock. Sort of prefer round, but rectangular is OK, too. In some situations I don't even mind extra ones.
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I prefer round to square which is why I use an octobox instead of the more common rectangular softbox. I also don't mind two but more than that is pushing it in my opinion which is why I really don't like ring flashes that put a circle around the pupil in the iris. Just my opinion and taste.

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How about a mix of catch light shapes, square and Octa?
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I like one at one or eleven, as JohnC stated. I have seen some cool effects using three - reminds me of anime style.
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We just used a shot with three and it is almost hypnotizing. I didn't like it at first and almost got Photoshoped. I'll post it after the publication hits the shelf.
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One I really don't like is square otherwise like erm all.
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The "rule" about catchlights. Since the sun is a circle, circular shaped catchlights are considered normal. One catchlight per eye suggests thoughtfulness; more than one creates a look a merriment. In multiple catchlight images, the catchlight from the main light should be the brightest.

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Benji,

In portraits taken indoors, that are taken in the studio or other indoor location, wouldn't a rectangular catchlight look more natural ? You don't see many round windows compared to rectangular ones. I think a rectangular softbox makes the most realistic window-like catchlights. Round catchlights always look odd to me when the portrait was obviously shot in a studio.
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To be perfectly honest, I pay very little attention to the shape of the catchlights unless they are "eye catching" (pun intended) or are really unusual (like the snake's eye catchlights I've seen before!)

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