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    Quote Originally Posted by ann View Post
    have everyone close their eyes. tell them on the count of three to open.
    Alternatively... LET THEM KEEP THEIR EYES OPEN AND tell them you'll count to three, but snap the shutter at two.

    My wife is a "blinker". She says she can't control it but she only blinks when I press the shutter; EVERY TIME it seems. I once got so annoyed that I didn't take her picture for a couple of years.
    Last edited by BrianShaw; 11-05-2009 at 08:37 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Good point, Ann. Editted accordingly.

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    Tell them you'll shoot on three. Count to one and fire.
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    guys, they have their eyes closed one 1, 2 and 3 only to open at 3
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    shoot multiple frames
    make prints of all of them, swap heads ( blinking heads for non )
    make a copy photograph of the collage'd group portrait
    retouch it so you don't see the shadow / line
    and then make the print.

    you could always freehand draw /retouch in eyes and lids ..
    but the former is always easier ...

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    "shoot multiple frames
    make prints of all of them, swap heads ( blinking heads for non )
    make a copy photograph of the collage'd group portrait
    retouch it so you don't see the shadow / line
    and then make the print."

    uh, I am sorry but I think that is what a digital camera is for...IMHO at least :-) and no, I don't charge enough for the above solution

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    If you are using flash, ask your subjects to tell you if when the flash goes off it appears red to them - that's a sure sign that you caught them mid-blink.

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    Formula for how many photos you need to take to get one blink-free, or at least, a high probability of there being at least one blink-free.

    If you're using a flash that has any pre-flash for metering purposes, that's the problem. The Minolta AF flashes are particularly terrible in this way as they cause "lazy eye" (half closed lids) very reliably in a lot of people due to their preflash-to-exposure latency. If that's happening, you need to figure out a good exposure and put the flashes on manual (so no preflash).

    No one has blink reflexes fast enough to beat a manual flash. Not even with a big loud SLR mirror going off. Those using big studio lights can attest to this - you can point a massive camera with a Richter-3 mirror slap like an RZ-67 at someone, wired up to studio flashes with enough light to start a small fire... and they still can't blink in your shots. Every single shot comes out blink-free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmb View Post
    "shoot multiple frames
    make prints of all of them, swap heads ( blinking heads for non )
    make a copy photograph of the collage'd group portrait
    retouch it so you don't see the shadow / line
    and then make the print."

    uh, I am sorry but I think that is what a digital camera is for...IMHO at least :-) and no, I don't charge enough for the above solution
    EXACTLY!

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