A “catchlight” is simply the highlight of a light source reflected off the surface of the eye. This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eye, and gives the eyes life in a portrait or snapshot.

Even the smallest spark can make all of the difference when it comes to bringing energy and dynamism to a photograph.

July Squares | Perspective


  1. BeckyB says:

    oh my, now that’s a gull pic. What a fabulous portrait, a wonderful Herring perspective

  2. margaret21 says:

    I’d never heard of this. What a fabulous photo.

  3. Sandra says:

    That’s a stunning shot. And fascinating info.

  4. susurrus says:

    Great pictures and I like the word too.

    1. susurrus says:

      I’m surprised what difference the frame makes – I thought they were two slightly different pictures, but now I see it’s just one, edited differently.

      1. Heyjude says:

        Ah, well the header is not a square so doesn’t count.

  5. beetleypete says:

    Great seagull shot, Jude. Illustrates the keyword very well.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  7. bushboy says:

    Great opener Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Brian 😁

  8. Good one, Jude! That’s very interesting, because when I was making dolls a few years ago one of the techniques I was taught when creating a face was to put a tiny dot of white in the eyes of the doll to give it life.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it is a trick that artists and photographers use.

  9. pommepal says:

    Great photo Jude and yes that highlight in the eye makes all the difference, brings the bird to life. Absolutely essential in painting too.

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