Red Eye & Ring Flash in Photography

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Red eye and ring flash are two phenomenons that can creep into your photographs if you're not careful with their settings. Learn about red eye and ring flash in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'm going to talk to you about the relationship between red eye and a ring light in photography. Now, red eye you need to understand is the light coming from a flash that is actually reflecting off of the eye back into the camera. Now, what causes red eye is the flash of the camera is actually so bright that it causes the reflection of the blood vessels in your eye to be reflected back into the camera. Now, some cameras that you may see that have the, the red eye reduction, it actually causes the camera to flash twice. And now, what this does, it's a preliminary flash that causes the, your eye to actually contract. And now, when your eye contracts, it'll take the picture after that with the second flash. Now, with the ring light, what happens, you run into a problem with red eye if the ambiance in the room is actually too dark and when the ring light flashes, it causes the red eye to show up. So, if you want the red eye to be reduced with your ring light flash pictures, what you need to do is have the ambient light up so the eye doesn't get such a, a startle when that flash goes off. Now this will help reduce the red eye in your photography when you're using a ring light flash. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.

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