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Missy P

How to shoot client that wears GLASSES

Can someone please shared with me how to shoot someone that wears glasses. The glasses always has a reflection.

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1/22/2007 8:21:24 AM

Stephanie M. Stevens   I think I read somewhere about taking the lenses out and just wearing the frames.

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1/22/2007 12:00:15 PM

Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  Telling the client to lean forward some without looking like he/she is going to fall over.

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1/22/2007 12:10:55 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Welllllllll Missy, you need to first understand that old rule, angle of incidence = angle of reflection. Then, you need to change one or the other in order to not see the reflection of whatever it is you're seeing, in the person's glasses.

There are a lot of ways to do that actually. While some advocate removing the lenses, I don't think that's a great idea because they rarely go back in the way they were to begin with and to do that the right way, you need the services of like an optimistic optometrist.

Another way is to get the person to position their head so that the reflection of the unwanted object disappears when you're looking at them through your viewfinder.

If you're using electronic flash, get the flash away from the camera lens, preferably off to the side, mounted on a stand of some kind and with either a long extension on your PC cord/hot shoe set-up, or a radio slave. If you're using studio lighting, that's a piece of cake as long as they have modeling lights.

Just move the lights off to the side of the subject, about 45 degrees to the camera, and double check the viewfinder to ensure you don't see any reflections of the lights.

Some think polarizers will work. They do to a lesser extent but not without trading off color brightness, exposure values, etc., so I wouldn't recommend polarizers. And, btw, a neutral density filter won't get you there either. Photoshop? Shoot it right to begin with and you don't need to fix anything. ;>)

Essentially, position the person til you get the "first you see it, now you don't" absence of reflection.

Take it light.

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1/22/2007 12:11:20 PM

TERESA J. SWEET   Yes, Debbie is right, that's one way to do it. Although, I don't know too many people who would want to do that. Another little trick is to have them tilt their glasses a little bit down (without making them look funny, of course!). That will help reduce the glare as well.

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1/22/2007 12:12:19 PM

Sherry K. Adkins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/13/2006
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  Another idea, which we learned about in Portrait class is to have the person lift the back end of the glasses up. Basically, the ear piece instead of sitting right on the ear, it is lifted some and hence you change the angle like Mark suggested. It doesn't have to be alot of lift, just a bit.

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1/22/2007 2:16:34 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
There are a lot of way and almost all are listed in the Studio Photography Threads, I beeive 4-6?
I do hope this helps.
Also you can lift your main light a bit an dagain have them lean towards you.
Wishing you the best,

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1/22/2007 3:49:56 PM

Susan M. Hembree
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2006
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  When I worked at Sears Portrait as a manager, I was taught and also had to teach my photographers to pull up slightly on the rounded part of the glasses arms; the part which winds around the ears. When you do this, the glasses frame will automatically tilt slightly forward on the nose. You need to be careful with doing this to insure that you can't see the end of the glasses arms (don't tilt up too much). Also, make sure your subject is not pulling their chin back; this also will cause light to reflect on the glass. And people tend to want to pull their chin up when sitting for a portrait. Ask them to pull the chin down. Most people will pull it down too far, but it only needs to be done slightly. Also, make sure when you get all this set up that the camera lens is pretty much at level with the person's head. I did dozens and dozens of people with glasses when I did portrait photography and never had any problems with light in the glasses lens, nor did the glasses ever look unnatural due to the slight tilt of the arms. Just make sure you like what you see before shooting your photo.

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2/16/2007 9:54:51 PM

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