Catchlight in the Eye

It’s the smallest details that make an image pop. For instance, take a look at these 2 images. One image has the bird looking in the light while the other image shows the same bird looking away from the light. Which one do you think looks better?

Again, its a minor detail, but one that makes a huge difference. Birds constantly scan their surroundings for security reasons, which means they are turning their head side to side or even looking up and down. You may have noticed this while looking through the viewfinder. Or at least you will from now on right? All you have to do to increase the quality of the image is to simply wait for the bird to turn its head into the light source, normally the Sun.

Speaking of Sun and catchlights, take a look at the first image, see the light (white dot) in relation to the eye? I know from my experience that the Sun was beginning to set. The light is approximately at a 9 – 10 o’clock position which is a nice time to photograph birds.

See the Sunlight in the birds eyeball?
This is what we want to avoid, a dark face with a lifeless eyeball