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Fixing Red Eye - If you find red eye to be a problem in your family portraits here's how you can fix it.
Compact camera usesMost compacts have a red eye reduction mode that can help reduce the size of the pupils, minimising the red that appears in their eyes.
Asking your subject to not look directly at the flash can also work but this does mean they may not be looking in your direction when you view the shot.
Don't look at the flash
Look outsideIf it's a sunny day, get your subject to look out of the window for a few seconds as this will give their eyes time to adjust to bright light before you fire the flash at them. Of course, never let them look directly at the sun or any other light source that could damage their eyes.
Move the flashIf you're using a flash gun move it so it's not directly facing the person you're photographing.
Add more lightIf you're working indoors add more light into the room you're working in.
If you don't have time to retake your shot or you didn't notice the red eye before you viewed it on your computer screen, you can use editing software such as Photoshop to fix the problem. Some programs have a red-eye remover option that does the job for you, while software such as Photoshop has a brush designed to remove red eye or you can fix the problem manually if you prefer.
Edit the image on your computer
Open your image and select the Red Eye Tool. It's under the same tool menu as the healing tools so if you have one of these visible in your toolbox just click and hold it to bring up the menu with the other tools in. In the tool bar at the top you can adjust two options: Pupil Size and Darken Options. But it's best to use the brush before making any changes to see if any alterations need to be made.
Here's how to fix it in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements:
To use the brush just position your cursor over the pupil, click your mouse button and wait for Photoshop to make the changes.
Before and after shots:
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