Tips to minimize pupils in dark 'studio'?

Started Oct 9, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: Tips to minimize pupils in dark 'studio'?
In reply to Barrie Davis, Oct 9, 2010

Barrie Davis wrote:

I find myself puzzled as to why dilated pupils are so often seen as a "problem" in the photographic community of the United States... [??]

Across Europe, also UK, the appearance of large lustrous pupils has always been seen as an indicator of beauty and sexual attractiveness... so much so that the women of ancient Rome used the juice of the "Deadly Nightshade" plant as a cosmetic: it was a muscle relaxant that dilated the pupils...

This isn't just a European or UK preference. It is a human preference. Miss Bell's experiment has been verified many times in different cultures. All else being about equal, larger pupils make a person seem more attractive or more open.

But it's a matter of degree. Larger pupils make a person seem more sexually attractive up to a point . Beyond that point, they tend to look abnormal. A model in a dark studio might well have pupils that are dilated beyond the point of enhancing attractiveness.

The illustration below shows the extremes. The optimum pupil size (for attractiveness) would surely fall somewhere between them.

Idea: Tell you what... if you can, why you don't you repeat Miss Bell's experiment? Shoot the young lady with her pupils displayed both ways,

"Both ways" misses the point. It isn't a question of dilated versus constricted. It's a question of degree, of how much they're dilated or constricted.

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