German translation: Spitzlicht

English term or phrase:catchlight
German translation:Spitzlicht

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09:54 Apr 5, 2010
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Art/Literary - Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)
Additional field(s): Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
English term or phrase: catchlight
Definition from Ltd.:
The reflection of a light in the subject’s eyes in a portrait.

Example sentence(s):
  • Although there are no set rules and a lot depends on the personal taste, experts believe the best way of positioning catchlights is using the clock rule. Imagine the eye as a clock and think of an hour hand pointing at 10 o’clock or at 2 o’clock and you’ll get the two perfect positions for a catchlight. Bright Hub Inc
  • Multiple catchlights, evident in magazine cosmetic ads, add sparkle to the subject's eyes. The angle of the strobe produces a catchlight in that spot in the eyes; i.e. high to the left of camera gives about an 11 o'clock position of the catchlight in the eye., Inc.
  • The catchlight is fairly large (given the size of the modifier) and shows the modifier's rectagular shape. It's got fairly soft edges, though, so it's quite pleasing. The larger softbox gives a larger, less distinct catchlight. Don
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"Der Begriff [Spitzlicht] wurde später von der Fotografie übernommen und bezeichnet helle, signifikante Punkte im Motiv, die durch Reflexionen entstehen."
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Definition from Wikipedia:
"Der Begriff [Spitzlicht] wurde später von der Fotografie übernommen und bezeichnet helle, signifikante Punkte im Motiv, die durch Reflexionen entstehen."

Example sentence(s):
  • "So bleibt das durch den Blitz erzeugte Spitzlicht im Auge erhalten." -  
  • "Zusätzlich verschafft die Röhre den Augen ein interessantes Spitzlicht, das den Blick des Betrachter noch zusätzlich auf die Augen lenkt." -  
  • "Bei der Verwendung mehrerer Lichtquellen ist außerdem darauf zu achten, daß die Augen möglichst nur je ein Spitzlicht reflektieren und nicht den gesamten zum Einsatz gelangten Lampenpark." - Kunst - Gymnasium Salzgitter-Bad  
Nina Kavelar
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Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in category: 4

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