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iris photography

take a look at our short intro video to iris photography to get a quick glimpse of what awaits you..

the Foto Hirsch team is looking forward to working with you!

how we create art from your eye

1. Take a good picture

"please hold still and keep your eye all the way open!"... and look straight ahead into the camera lens.

2. prof. post-prossesing

When we have taken the perfect shop we will begin our multi-step post processing. Good results need time.

3. Download & Order

Your finished iris picture will be uploaded to secure online gallery. There you can download it or select from printing options.

4. Print & Shipping

We will order your selected artwork and have it shipped directly to you. This normally takes about one week.

A close-up photograph of an iris, showing the vibrant colors and intricate patterns. The image is in sharp focus, and the details of the iris are clearly visible.

1. take a good picture

Everything begins with the picture we take. The shot must be perfect because final result depends on the initial image quality! Perspactive / Angle, lighting,  focus and reflections all need to be accounted for.

This is a bit complicated, as the model being photogtraphed – your iris – is constantly in movement. Even if you are trying your best to remail still like a stone.

As soon as we get that perfect shot, we are done and can proceed.

On to step 2… 

Mike Stuart

2. professional Post-Processing

Once the picture is captured and you are already on the way back home our second job begins. Post Processing. Our job gets so much more difficult as not all  images are as perfect as this one.

In our own proprietary multi-step process, we will professionally enhance each taken image to make sure that all details of your iris are visible. We use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make these adjustments.

When seen in this level of detail, your eye often reveals many hidden features that you have never spotted before while looking into a mirror.

On to step 3…

A screenshot of the Lightroom interface, showing the adjustments and tools used for editing iris photographs. The iris is in sharp focus, and the vibrant colors and intricate patterns are clearly visible.

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Eine Reihe von Makroaufnahmen von menschlichen Iris in verschiedenen Farben und Mustern. Die Aufnahmen sind scharf und zeigen die feinen Details und die lebendigen Farben der Iris.

3. Download & Order

As soon as your iris photo has finished processing we will upload it to a secure online gallery. Only you will have access, which we will send you be email.

From the online gallery, you can download the image, share it directly on social media as well as order fine art prints and artwork to hang up at home. Our professional lab „made in Germany“ pritns on Acryl, Aluminium-Composite, Aluminium, Photo-Canvas or PVC Board.
After you order directly through your gallery we will transmit the order to our photo lab.

On to step 4…


Mike Stuart

4. Print & Shipping

After receiving your custom order, we will relay it to the photo lab. We will send you an invoice for the custom work*, and after receiving payment your piece of artwork will be manufactured.

After completion, it will be sent directly to your home. Normally, this takes about one week after receiving the payment.

During the initial photo shoot you can see and touch all available print  materials. We are happy to help you with the selection.

*Please Note: Custom orders are final and can’t be refunded or returned.

Eine goldene Iris mit einem einzigartigen Muster und lebendigen Farben, die in einem Wohnzimmer hängt. Die Iris ist in einem goldenen Rahmen gefasst und an einer weißen Wand aufgehängt.

FAQ - Frequently Asked questions

Of course – but we do need some patience and perseverance in order to get that one perfect shot.  
We love to work together with kids, but the need to be able to understand and follow our guidance (i.e. . “and now please hold really still and look straight into the camera!” either in German or English.

No, this is nothing like a visit to the dentist or eye doctor.

All you need to do is to keep your head and eye as still as possible. It’s our job, to find the perfect picture.

The camera will be quite close to your face / eye though – just to make sure that your eye has a prominent position in the photo that we take to create your iris shot. Often, we will also need your help to keep your eye open all the way, so that all areas of your iris are visible and not hidden behind your eyelids.

Normally we manage to get a good shot within the first 3-5 images that we capture. Dark eyes can be a bit tricky sometimes.

Not long at all! Normally we manage to get a good shot within the first 3-5 images that we capture. Dark eyes can be a bit tricky sometimes so we may need to take more pictures to get that one good one. 

To be on the safe side, you should plan on roughly 20 mins per eye. Then we can all be more relaxed and not work under time pressure.

Glasses are easy – please take them off before we take the pictures.

For contact lenses, we recommend that you take them out prior to the photo shoot for these two reasons:
– we are shooting with a close range, super high detail lens and many contact lenses have a logo or colorful markings that aren’t visible to the naked eye but will appear on the taken image.
– Further, contact lenses make it much more difficult to get a good image that is in focus.

You can arrange an appointment for your iris photo directly through our website. Follow the Book Now button to our Outlook booking tool.

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We also accept booking requests over email, phone and WhatApp. See our Contact Us page for more details.

After the photo shoot we will send you a link to your secure online gallery.
There you can download your high resolution images as well as order prints or wall art for your home.

We currently offer three studios for iris photography:

Nürnberg Old Town, Schwalbach / Taunus as well as Essen, Altenessen.

Normally we don’t have many walk-in customers. Just to make sure that we have enough time for you, it would be good to book an appointment in advance.

We have two standard offers: a SINGLE for one iris and a DUO package for two iris photos.

For larger families we have special deals – starting with the third person / third iris, each additional iris photo is only € 30,-.

Please indicate the number of persons coming for an iris photo when you are making the booking through our Facebook page.

Or just contact us directly through the contact form, email, phone or WhatsApp.

Of course!

We can create one couples or family image out of as many iris photos as required. This merged photo however is not included in the standard price and will be invoiced separately.

The easiest and most comfortable payment methods are contactless by EC or Credit Card.  
We also accept cash, but may not be able to change large bills.

Additionally we also offer an installment payment plan on orders over 300€.