Elja Trum

The importance of pupil size in portraits

monday 3 july 2017, 20:02 by | 426 views | 0 comments

The devil is in the details. This is certainly true in portraits. Even the size of the pupil in the eyes of your model can play a role in your image. The Koldunov Brothers show you the difference in this video.


In natural-light situations the control you have over the pupil size is limited, but in a studio you can control this. The flash is too quick for the pupil to react to, so you can use the ambient light in your studio to create the pupil size you prefer.

In a well-lit studio the pupil size will be small. This shows a lot of the iris. However, when you turn down the lights in your studio, you'll end up with a bigger pupil. A larger pupil is often seen as more attractive.

When you go too far (shooting in a dark environment) the pupil will be extremely large which gives the image an unnatural look.

Something to be aware of in your next shoot.

Via: FStoppers

Elja Trum

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Elja has a passion for portrait photography. He is the author of a book on black and white photography and owner of Photofacts.nl, the largest Dutch blog about photography. You can follow him and his work on Instagram.

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