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Fonda Ciesielski

Glare on Eyeglasses

Hello, Everyone! I took some great pictures of a teen today for her senior pictures, but there is one problem: Her glasses have a glare on them. Do any of you know how to get the glare off of glasses?? I should have taken the lenses out before the pictures, but of course, I wasn't thinking. Please let me know if you know how to do this!!

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1/19/2006 5:40:01 PM

  Polarizer, polarizer, polarizer. Any time I shoot a subject with glasses, I use a polarizing filter. It's a cheap way to remove glare without tearing their glasses apart.

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1/19/2006 8:02:03 PM

Fonda Ciesielski   Okay, awesome. Is there anything I can do digitally on PS to get rid of the glare for now??

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1/19/2006 8:04:35 PM

David Earls   You may or may not be able to clone the glare out - difficult to say without seeing the images. Can you post the images?

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1/20/2006 4:04:45 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
The glass flare can be lifted if the glare is not on the eyes themselves. OK, some other things you can do to get rid of glass glare at the time of shoot is to have the subject ...
- Push their glasses all the way back on their nose.
- Lean toward you.
- If using a flash, just have the subject lower than the flash, or flash angled up a bit.
- If using studio lights, just raise the lights or again lower the subject.
I do hope this helps.

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1/20/2006 5:49:38 AM

L. W.   Even after doing all the things to get rid of glare on glasses during the shoot, I ended up with a reflection. Yes, you can remove the glare in PS but it is VERY time consuming. I zoomed into the eye/glass area and used the patch and lasso tools to grab "patches of skin" to correct the glare. Remember that if the eyeball is covered by glare, it will probably be much easier to reshoot the subject again than trying to recreate an eye.

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1/24/2006 5:49:09 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  It is very important to have Proper eye level during the shoot-then unless huge glasses-the above will work just about every time.
the graph and disription for proper eye level in on 2-3 on the Studio Photography thread.
I will try to get back here and repost it later.

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1/24/2006 5:56:47 AM

Steve Parrott
  Removing glare in PS is probably THE most difficult thing you can try to do... and even a pro cannot always do it well. It just requires LOTS of time cloning and patching. If you have one eye that is not glared over, you can select it, and actually use it to replace the eye covered with glare. Every photo is different, so I cannot tell you any step by step method. You basically have to use every clone, heal. patch, and select skill you have. It is often best to just do a reshoot and work to prevent the glare in the first place. Steve

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1/24/2006 8:06:58 AM

Li Su   Polarizer can work best on light from 90 degree angle. If the reflection is due to the flash in front, polarizer is little use in this case. Moreover, unless there is a modeling light on the flash, it is not possible to adjust the polarizer to the right angle to correct the reflection from the flash. The best thing to do is to raise the flash above eye-level and/or change shooting angle.

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1/24/2006 8:07:41 AM

Fonda Ciesielski   Okay Great thank you SO MUCH for all the advice everyone I really really appreciate it and I can't wait to try them out!

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1/24/2006 8:10:11 AM

Lin Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005

You can help keep the light flare in glasses by ether having the model raise the frames off of the ears; or by having them slightly angle their chin downwards. I hope this works. I have to deal with glass glare all season long during school portraits. Good Luck


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1/24/2006 2:14:04 PM

Guy Burns   Yes you can do it in photoshop but it is VERY painsataking. It is doen almost a pixel at a time and can't alway be made perfect. I spent 45 mins once to get an important picture cleaned up.


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1/24/2006 3:46:33 PM

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