You can prevent lazy eye or Amblyopia in pictures by changing the focus of the subject, by changing you shooting angle, or by changing the body or head position of the person you are taking photos of. If the subject is a baby or infant, you can use a toy to catch attention and click the photo.
What is a Lazy Eye?
Now, if you don’t know what a wandering eye or a lazy eye is, let me explain simply. If someone is looking straight to you and all of a sudden, their eyeball tends to just drift away, this is called lazy eye or Amblyopia.
This is generally genetic and something the person cannot help, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take photos of them, that’s actually absurd. It’s pretty simple to do so. It’s all about forcing the eye and looking a certain way that gives the eye kind of dramatic movement.
How to Take Pictures of a Subject with Lazy Eye
If the subject is having either a lazy eye, a cross eye or a floating eye, it’s very difficult to take their perfect photos. You have to be prepared about it as those people are really self-conscious about it and they don’t say the first. So, when you take photos, you might notice it.
Posing Correction / Changing Body Position
The most easy thing you can do is to ask about posing. You can them if they mind about posing on your directions. If they don’t, emphasize a strong point and pose them a certain way. Tilt their head a certain way or their body.
You can ask the subject to tilt their body or their head, so it will look like the person is really looking that way. It’s the easiest and most natural fix for lazy eye photography. You can ask them to bring a one of the sides of their head or shoulder little forward. So, it would look natural.
So, what you need to ask the subject is to tilt a little, lean a bit and all of a sudden look up and you going to shoot right on the spot. It works.
Changing Focus of the Subject
There are multiple ways to manipulate the focus. You can ask the person to focus on a specific position and then just before taking the shot, ask the subject to look at the camera and take the shot.
Another way you can ask them is to look down and then all of a sudden look up. It takes a little while for the eyeball to drift away, so you got a moment to click the photo. This one works more fine.
It means to manipulate the focus of the person you are taking photos of. If can lower the effect of lazy eye, but it mostly depends on whether the eye is more drifted inwards or outwards.
Inwards Floating Eye
If their eyeball drifts inwardly, then you should direct their focus away from the center of the lens.
Outwards Floating Eye
If the subject’s eyeball drifts outwardly, then you should direct his/her focus to the canter of the lens.
The looking down method works very well.
Change Your Shooting Angle
Another easy way to prevent a lazy eye in the photos is to change you shooting angle. You can take a picture from a side or from a position higher which would prevent the lazy eye and make it feel natural.
What this would do is that it would force the eyes to focus on the camera and that’s both eyes will be on the same position. For example, you are taking the photo from left side and ask the subject to look towards you. While looking at you the other eyeball will technically drift to the left side too and it won’t appear like a floating eye.
Taking Photos of Children with Lazy Eye
Lazy Eye or Amphobia can occur in children more commonly. Children are o two types. In the first category, there are those who can be trained to pose in a specific manner, and in the second category are those who cannot understand or learn, which means they are infants or babies.
Those who understand and are learning how to pose correctly to prevent lazy eye can eventually learn to pose or you can change your angle or apply some of your techniques to make a perfect looking shot. Yeah! It’s not an easy job, but you’ve got to do it.
But what about babies?
Taking Photos of Infants
The most challenging part comes when you have to take shots of a baby and you can’t get their eye to focus the camera. It’s a very difficult job but not impossible. Babies can’t comprehensively understand your words or actions, so everything is on you.
There is a quite easy trick to make the baby focus. You need a toy or any bright object and bring it near the baby. It must catch the baby’s attention and you can straight capture to remove the lazy eye. To do this you might need an assistant that can hold the object for you to manipulate the baby’s focus.