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Tuesday Tips: 4 ways to handle a “Blinker” Op.2

:::sifting through downloaded images:::

You think to yourself “Wow, that image is so amazi………”  DANG IT.

Fill in the blank  Blinked?!?!


Give yourself a solid minute to be angry… then remember these 4 tips on how to handle a Blinker (aka someone that blinks).  Side note: Do you think it’s genetic?


Tip #1: Play the 1 – 2 – 3 game.

Me:  “Okay, let’s play a game.  Everyone close your eyes.  On the count of 3, open your eyes and make the most silly laugh that you can imagine…”


**Click, Click, Click**.



Tip #2: Shoot in Continuous Mode (Nikon) / Burst Mode (Canon)

If you are observant enough to notice early on in a shoot that you have a Blinker,  (Deserves a capital letter, huh!), then switch that camera over to Continuous Mode.  Continuous Mode simply means that when you press the take-the-picture-button (aka The Shutter), the camera will take MULTIPLE shots per second.  This should give you at least one  where all eyes are open!

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What?  You didn’t know I also shoot wildlife family photos?  Where have YOU been?…

This is Continuous Mode on my Nikon. (S is for a Single Shutter, CL is Continuous Low (less shots per second), CH is Continuous High (more shots per second).   Check out your trusty manual for your specific settings.

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Tip #3: The power of Photoshop.

I rarely use photoshop.  Like. Ever.  But, if I ever do use it, it is typically for Blinkers.  Have 2 shots with nearly identical head position?  Are the eyes open in one, and closed in the other – but you prefer the shot with the closed eyes for whatever reason?   here’s a fabulous tutorial for you that has saved my bacon more than once.



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Tip #4:  Makes closed eyes look cool!

People in everyday life close their eyes for a variety of reasons.  How about..

1:  When they are belly laughing!

2: When they are thinking of something special, memorable, or tender.

Our prayers go out to all the blinkers out there.  You are not alone.


Loving these tips?  Did you know that registration for my newest class, COMPOSITION BOOTCAMP is in 4 weeks?  Get EARLY BIRD Registration by signing up HERE.  Add it to your Christmas list, friend!  Class starts January 7th!

RUN, don’t walk.  Take. This. Class.
– Michaela R.




  • November 12, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Michelle - YES! Seriously, being a Blinker really does happen to the nicest people with the purest of intentions. Love these tips. We need to work the blink and use it to our advantage. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

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