Definition of catchlight in US English:



  • A gleam of reflected light in the eye of a person in a photograph.

    • ‘The one metre square reflector will also impart catchlights to eyes to make them sparkle as well.’
    • ‘Having large catchlights in the eyes brings your attention to the eyes, and then to the portrait as a whole.’
    • ‘She took advantage of the midday sun here and captured some amazing catchlights in these photos.’
    • ‘A ‘catchlight’ is the reflection in the eye from nearly any direct light source - and it can be from window light as well.’
    • ‘So, what to do if your speedlight's maximum range is not enough to create catchlights in your subject's eyes?’
    • ‘The print would then copied to produce a negative with catchlights which would then be reprinted.’
    • ‘White umbrellas give the best catchlights in the eye and are the preferred choice for high key portraits with light backgrounds, where some spill won't be noticed.’
    • ‘Depending on your subject, the height of the light may need to raised or lowered to get the catchlights in the eyes.’
    • ‘Without catchlights the eyes look too dark and recessed, giving the eyes a lifeless look.’
    • ‘When used at the optimum height and distance the catchlights in models’ eyes are amazing.’
    ignite, catch light, burst into flames, go up in flames, begin to burn
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