Catch light is a reflection of light on the eyes of a subject. 

It can be used to emphasize the mood and emotion of your subject, and it also helps create more depth in your photos.

Catch lights are most often seen in portraits where there is a flash used as part of the lighting setup. 

They’re also sometimes referred to as “eye lights” or “rim lights.”

Understanding The Physics Of Catch Light

The physics of light are important to understand in order to capture the best possible images. Light behaves in two ways: reflection and refraction. 

Reflection occurs when a ray of light hits a surface at an angle, bouncing off that surface and reaching your eyes as another ray of light (the reflected ray). 

Refraction occurs when light passes through a medium with different densities–for example, air or water–and changes direction because it travels at different speeds through each medium. 

This happens all the time on Earth; you’ve probably noticed how objects appear distorted when viewed through water or glass lenses because they’re being refracted by those materials!

The way that these two phenomena affect our photographs depends on whether they happen before or after we take our picture;

If they happen before we press “shutter” then we’ll see them in our final image; if they happen after pressing shutter then we won’t see them until post-processing time comes around so keep this in mind while shooting!

Types Of Catch Light

There are four main types of catch light:

Natural catch light. This is the most common type, and it comes from a source of light in front of you.

For example,

If you’re taking a picture with natural window light behind your subject, then the window will provide some kind of reflection on their face (and possibly other parts of their body).

Artificial catch light. This can be created by placing an LED strip around your subject’s head or shoulders to create a rim effect around them that mimics natural lighting conditions–like when someone has their hair up in braids or pigtails!

You could also use this technique on objects like jewelry pieces as well as clothing items like scarves or ties by wrapping them around props such as bottles or glasses filled with water so that they reflect back onto each other creating interesting patterns across surfaces like wood floors/cabinets etcetera…

How To Create Catch Light

To create catch light, you need to use different types of lights.

You can use natural light or artificial light and even mix them together.

If you have a window in your room, try placing a reflector behind your subject so that they’re lit by both the window and the reflector.

If you don’t have access to natural or artificial lighting, consider manipulating the environment around your subject instead.

For example:

If there’s no good way for them to stand near windows during sunset hours (because it would be too dark), find another way for them to get some indirect sunlight on their face–maybe by taking them outside during those times?

Using Catch Light to Enhance Images

Catch light is a technique that can be used to create depth and enhance images. It also adds sparkle, which is always nice!

If you’re looking for a way to make your portrait photography stand out from the crowd, this is it!

Catch Light and Lighting Techniques

High-key lighting:

The key to this type of lighting is that it’s very bright, with lots of light on your subject.

This can be achieved by using a large aperture (small f-stop), shooting in full sun or using strobes (flash).

It can also be created using reflectors, umbrellas and other modifiers to bounce the sunlight around.


Low-key lighting:

This style is the opposite of high key–it has little or no direct light on your subject and instead relies on shadows to create drama and mood in images.

You’ll need a small aperture (large f-stop) along with some sort of diffuser like an umbrella or softbox if you’re shooting outdoors;

otherwise you’ll get stark shadows without any detail in them at all!

Catch Light and Camera Settings

In photography, catch light is the reflection of a camera’s flash or natural light in the eyes of a subject.

It can also be used to refer to any other kind of reflection that appears in an eye, like from water or glass.

Catch light is what gives your portraits depth and dimension–it makes them look alive! But how do you get it?

The answer lies in understanding shutter speed, ISO and aperture settings when shooting portraits with artificial lighting (such as studio strobes).

Catch Light in Action

Catch light is an important aspect of photography, and it’s something that you should be aware of when taking pictures.

You can see examples of catch light in different types of photography below:

Wedding Photography – Catch lights help emphasize the subject’s eyes and make them appear brighter.

This makes your subjects look more attractive, which is important if you’re trying to sell your wedding photos!


Portrait Photography – The same principle applies here as well.

A good portrait will have bright eyes that draw attention away from any imperfections on their face or body (if there are any).

Tips for Photographers

Use natural light. Natural light can be your best friend when it comes to photography, especially if you’re trying to capture a moment or a subject in its most natural state.

If you have access to windows or skylights, consider shooting during the day when there is plenty of sunlight available for use in your shots.

Create the right environment. If you don’t have access to natural lighting and need some help creating an appropriate setting for your photos, try using artificial lights instead!

There are many different types of lamps available on the market today–from halogen bulbs all the way up through LED bulbs–so experiment with different types until one works best for what you’re trying achieve with each individual shot (and remember:

always make sure any electrical equipment used by photographers complies with local fire codes).

Catch Light – Summary

Catch light is a very important part of photography. It can make or break your photo, and it’s something you should be aware of when taking pictures.

It’s also something that can be difficult to understand at first because it’s not always obvious what causes catch lights in your photos.

If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about right now, don’t worry!

In this article we explored what catch lights are and how they work, so now you’ll know how to use them in your own work as well as recognize them when they appear in other people’s photos (or even movies).