To take the best photos for your reading, set your camera to MACRO and try, if possible, to use natural, daytime indoor light with a flash. Set the size of the photo for a higher resolution, with a minimum of 2.5M (2208 x 1248). 4.5M (2784 x 1568) is best.
Step 1: Taking Your Iris Photos with a Digital Camera
- Set Camera to Macro Setting.
- Increase Resolution to 4.5M (2784 x 1568).
- Turn on Flash.
- Use Indoor Daylight.
- Stand sideways from any window (facing the window will cause glare).
- Have someone else hold the camera or use a tripod and timer.
- Hold the upper and lower eyelids open to make entire iris visible.
- Take one photo of each iris at a time.
- Keep the eye close to the camera. On Macro Setting, you can be 4-5 inches from the lens.
Step 2: Checking Your Photos for Lighting and Clarity
- Check the photo on the Viewfinder of your camera. Use the zoom feature to see the iris.
- Be sure the iris is clear; otherwise try again.
- Be sure there is no red eye; otherwise turn on ‘red eye reduction’ and try again.
- Be sure the entire iris is visible; otherwise try again.
- Be sure there is no significant glare on the iris; otherwise turn your body slightly away from any window and try again.
Step 3: Emailing Your Final Iris Photo Results
- You may crop the photos so only the eye is visible to reduce the file size.
- If this is too much work, then simply email the entire photo.
- You can send 3-5 pictures of the Left Eye in one email.
- You can send 3-5 pictures of the Right Eye in another email.
Using a Digital Camera: Video Instructions on How to Take Iris Photos
Using an iPhone: Video Instructions on How to Take Iris Photos
Examples of Unacceptable Iris Photo Submissions
In the first example above, the person was likely facing a window, causing the glare to appear in the iris. The solution: Turn slightly away from the window and try again.
In the second example, it is likely that this photo was taken at night or in a room with no windows and only overhead light. Due to the darker light in the room, the light is refracting off the iris, causing significant glare and making the photo blurry. The solution: Take the photo in indoor daylight with no overhead lighting. Side lighting is usually ok.
A small amount of glare in the pupil (the black dot in the center of the iris) is ok.
In the above 2 examples, the individuals are most likely trying to take the photos themselves so they are inadvertently looking at the camera while trying to take the photo.
The solution: Have someone else hold the camera steady for you or use a tripod with a timer.
When taking your photographs, check to see that the entire color portion of the eye is visible, especially the top and bottom. If you tend to have ‘droopy’ eyes, just gently pull the skin away from the eye using your thumb and forefinger.
Examples of Acceptable Iris Photo Submissions
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