Shooting Challenge: Reflections In An Eye

Our eyes capture everything we see. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, we're going straight for the source.


The Challenge

Photograph something reflecting in an eye.

The Technique

I know what you're thinking: "That sounds neat. I've seen shots like that before. But how were they taken?"


This is how. <— Use that tutorial, with clearly laid out diagrams, and you'll be fine. Basically, the trick is to have a strong light source on one side of the eye, your subject on the other side of the eye and a camera set taking the shot in between.

The Example

Our example is the music video for K-Conjog's QWERTY, directed by Francesco Lettieri (via PetaPixel). The content can be a bit explicit, but it does show how far you can push the technique narratively/creatively.

The Rules

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, May 14th at 10AM Eastern to with "Eye" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameEye.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameEyeWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

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