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How to Take Eyes?

DavidJHolmes 13 109 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2007 2:14PM
I want to take some close up shots of my own eye, does anyone know the best way to achieve this. My main problem is light. I had some success doing portraits in natural light in the living room the other week but as soon as the camera comes any closer it becomes quite dark. I do have some studio heads but I can't seem to get a good position as I'd like to pick up the eye detail in the iris etc... I'm using the 60mm EF-S lens on the 20D with remote release.

Any good tips people?

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kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
27 Jan 2007 5:40PM
Use a spoon to remove it......fingers cause to much damage
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
27 Jan 2007 5:51PM
a macro lens that can get in very close to the subject so you can hold your camera around 2cm from your eye - usually best to hold to one side so the camera doesn't shadow the eye from available light - when i've photographed my eyes before i prefer natural light rather than manmade light as it looks more natural. you could also use a reflector either bought or manmade.
rest the end of the lens on your cheek which helps with reduction of camera shake

my previous camera which was an olympus camedia C2500L could be held as close as 1cm which allowed for very detailed macro shots

one of my eye photo's with camera 1cm from my eye:

eye macro

most importantly just practice until you are happy =)

peter "morpyre" turner
nikon5700ite 14 1.8k
27 Jan 2007 7:27PM
I suggest that you consider the real requirement of your exercise. You wish to ge a tight framing of a small subject.

There are two approaches. Firstly to come in close while the second is to enable a long focus lens to focus closer than it normally does.

The advantage of the second approach is that there is more space between lens and and subject to let light, natural or artificial, reach the subject without them creating shadows. Others are not scaring the subject and protecting gear from dangerous subjects.

You can get long focal length macro lens at around 90/100 to 200mm or you can use extension tubes with non macro lens.

The later suggestion is maybe the answer for you if you 'spend' on extension tubes which connect the electronic connections of the lesn to the body ... else it would be more difficult to get focus. Against that is the strong likeihood that your camera's AF system will work fine with a Close-up lens on the front. Depends on what you want to 'spend' on.

I suggest you play with a cheap plastic magnifying glass attached to see what you can achieve and the if that is reasonably successful to buy a proper photographic quality CU lens for top results.

When adding a CU lesn to the camera lens first work out it's focal length. Roughly get it to focus the sun on something non-inflamable. The distance between lens and image of sun is it's focal length and that distance is the maximum distance it can be away from the subject when on front of the camera lens. The focusing range of the camera's len will permit you to come a bit closer.
francisg 14 705 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2007 8:55PM
Be very careful when doing any close up photos of the eyes.
Most of the ones you see are done by professional medical photographers using specialised equipment. Most of this is unavailable to amatures and is very expensive. The main reason is that any intense light from a flash at close quarters can do permanant damage to the delecat retina at the back of the eye. This contains the specialised cells and nerve endings by wich you see the world around. It is a subject that is best left well alone.

cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
27 Jan 2007 10:12PM

Quote:......fingers cause to much damage

I was so tempted, sorry David.

rodp 13 1.2k England
27 Jan 2007 10:15PM

Quote:Be very careful when doing any close up photos of the eyes.

So it may not be wise then to use one of those old black powder flashes ???
dalischone 13 295 Scotland
28 Jan 2007 12:49PM
David, I've done a few close ups on my eyes, my latest upload is one as well. I used my 300D on all of them and my 18-55mm lens. My shots were hand held and a few inches away from my face. I cropped into the shots that were the best. I took the pics inside with just the flash on the camera and then brightened them in Elements. If you need any more info let me know and I'll do my best to help.

DavidJHolmes 13 109 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2007 5:59PM
I took a few hundred shots yesterday and today and didnt really get anything that I was looking for! Makes it difficult trying to do it on your own, perhaps I should get someone to help! lol!

I have a 300mm lens I can experiment with, I can't really afford to buy anything new. I never thought of using a magnifying glass, I'll have to dig one out thats not covered in zillions of scratches!

Thanks for the help guys/gals, i'll keep experimenting, when I get something i'm happy with I'll upload to impress you all lol!

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