It has happened to us all before… You’re trying to snap a frame-worthy picture using your less than professional camera and someone always seems to have red eyes. The red-eye effect ruins perfect photos and, let’s be honest, looks a little creepy. Luckily there are ways to prevent the red-eye effect. We’ll discuss five of them.
- Turn off the flash and use natural light. The quickness of a camera flash does not give your pupil enough time to narrow in order to reduce the amount of light entering your eyes. When a sudden burst of light reaches your retina and reflects back, eyes look red in photos due to the reflection of the rich blood supply of the choroid.
- Brighten up the room. If natural light is not an option, turn on a few lights or lamps. Pupils dilate (or become bigger) in darkness. If you throw a quick flash into the mix, your already large pupils won’t have time to narrow to deflect the light from the flash.
- Don’t look directly at the camera. Looking [slightly] away from the camera’s flash allows the flash to hit your eyes at a not-so-direct angle.
- Take your photos prior to consuming alcohol. Alcohol reduces response times and it affects your eyes in the same way. The red-eye effect is most common in those who have been consuming alcohol.
- Use a photo editing app. If you’re an iPhone or Android user, there is most likely a red eye correction tool built in to your camera. Once you’ve taken the photo, edit it to remove all or most of the red eye.
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