Understand the ways in which one can create light in the eyes.
Eye lighting can come from direct lighting, with filters designed to blend the light invisibly with the rest of the face, or the light can be gentle reflections in the eyes, or a hard point. As a cinematographer you need to know how to control the eye light with regards to size, shape and intensity. Eye lighting will, inevitably, be a major influence in creating the portrait.
“The Eye light provides a limited area of fill or highlight when the key or fill leave one or both eyes in darkness. So the eyesight is really a remedial light, it's what you use to remedy a problem. The eyesight is used when you can’t see enough life in the eyes and need to introduce a sparkle into the eye.”
Ian Murray, Cinematographer
Lights used for this tutorial:
DLED4-BI, 40W focusing bicolor LED light head
DP2.1 imager projection attachment with DPEYE filters
DLH1000SPLUS, 1kW tungsten soft light with Panaura5 soft box
White, silver and soft-gold reflectors