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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

There's more depth of field behind the focus than in front of it. So focussing on the near eye gives you the best chance of getting the whole face in focus. If you can't do it focussed on the near eye,...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

Because the way human vision perceives a two dimensional representation of the three dimensional human face if the nearest eye is in focus it looks to us more like the whole face is in focus. Even if ...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

One more possibility, which would also apply to group portraits: An old rule of thumb is that out of focus objects ahead of the point of focus are less pleasant to the eye than out of focus objects ...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

Although my immediate thought was reflected in @mattdm 's comment (funny) I guess you mean when shooting groups, so that there are more than two eyes in the shot. In that case you're not really bound ...
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How can I make my camera focus on the eyeball rather than eyelashes?

Many portraits with eyes that are incredibly sharp have been selectively sharpened in post-processing so that the cornea and pupils are sharpened much more than the surrounding lashes and other facial ...
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At which focal lengths is it ‘safe’ to have the sun in frame?

The variables: Height of the sun above the horizon. The closer the sun is to the horizon, the more atmosphere it has passed through before you see it. The atmosphere reflects, absorbs, and dissipates ...
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Will a left cornered viewfinder be difficult to use for a left eye dominant person?

Comfort is obviously a subjective quality and can't really be answered objectively. My gut says, it won't make a difference. I just held my two cameras to my left eye and it felt awkward, likely ...
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What are the artistic effects of different catchlight positions?

I don't think there are any hard and fast rules for catch-lights, other than maybe, "have them." The lighting affects, literally, every part of the shot. The catch-light is simply the light's effect ...
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How was the Blade Runner replicant eye reflection effect done?

Essentially, mattdm's answer is correct. In addition, to the half-refelctive mirror, they used a tight, dimmable light to control when/how bright the eye reflections would appear. Ridley himself ...
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How can I make my camera focus on the eyeball rather than eyelashes?

FWIW the eyeball on that image looks less sharp than the eyelashes are to me. Actual image is here Possible "solutions: If you are prepared to post-AF manual focus you could use AF and then back ...
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Eyes rapidly defocus when taking pictures

Although cameras often have diopter correction, your problem may be due to the astigmatism issue, for which there is no simple adjustment. However, if the viewfinder eye-lens is removable, a custom ...
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What are the artistic effects of different catchlight positions?

My belief: Eyes without catchlights appear dead. Catchlights are best as a single point of light in each at about the 10 o’clock or 2 o’clock position. The idea is to preserve an illusion that the ...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

In the example of your photo, focusing on the near eye also has the benefit of keeping the DOF narrower on your group. You want your group to be in focus, not the people in the background. When ...
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" The dynamic range of the human eye is huge, but within a scene, it is smaller. " I need an explanation for this statement

I presume the reason for this is that a human eye can adjust exposure from scene to scene, but within a scene, the exposure is fixed. The same is true for cameras, by the way. For example, a f/4-22 ...
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How did Suren Manvelyan create the macro pictures of eyes?

You can see (at least part of) the answer for yourself, in the photos. Consider this pic: Along the left edge you can see that a honeycomb grid was used. These can be both hard or soft. The ...
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At which focal lengths is it ‘safe’ to have the sun in frame?

Wicked kids scorch insects and light fires with a burning glass. This is just a simple magnifier capable of focusing and concentrating sunlight forming a hot tiny image of the sun. You should know, ...
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Will a left cornered viewfinder be difficult to use for a left eye dominant person?

I’m left eye dominant as well. I have a centered viewfinder where eye doesn’t matter, but I still use my right eye for the viewfinder. In fact, I find it easier to look what is happening around me ...
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How does the eye-controlled focussing of the Canon EOS 5 work?

As an update, Eye Control AF has come back into the Canon lineup with the 2021 release of the EOS R3. Canon Asia describes how it works in this article: Within the EOS R3’s electronic viewfinder, ...
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