I was asked recently what ‘catchlight’ meant in portraits. Trying to describe it seemed to be a bit cumbersome so I thought I’d add these two portraits to illustrate – without and with.
My model here, my daughter, has quite light irises so lack of a catchlight is not so bad. However many subjects have really dark deep eyes and it helps to lift the eye from a black disk with just a spec of a light.
As matter of interest, these taken on medium format (120) black and white film, negative scan. The original images were an exploration of portrait/fashion photography and this is a crop of full photograph – I suspect some will be able to guess from which image and photographer I took my inspiration.