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Lisa Deaton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/26/2003

Glare on Eyeglasses

I have a son and husband who wear glasses and I am constantly getting a glare on their glasses when I take a photo of them. How do I prevent this? Right now I have an Olympus E 10 and just use the built in flash. Hopefully some day I will be able to get and external flash for this camera. Would that help?

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12/26/2003 9:44:01 PM

Tony Sweet
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  Very simply, Lisa, have glass wearers lower their head slightly, or turn their heads ever so slightly until the glare is gone.

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12/27/2003 2:33:55 PM

Jef Franklin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/5/2003
  Lisa, I agree with what Tony said as one method of preventing glass glare. The idea is to change the angle of reflection from your flash. An external flash may help depending on the prescription and will also prevent "red eye" However, I have found that Tonys trick works more often. Another option for shots that are going to be strait on to the face is to have your subject tilt the glasses forward. If you are still not happy the results you may look into glare resistant lenses. I hope some of this helps. I know that certain prescriptions can be more troublesome than others.

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12/29/2003 5:05:38 PM

Vik Orenstein   You may also try just tipping the glasses stems up where they fit over the ears, causing the glasses to tip down ever so slightly without having to make your subject lower his head.

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12/31/2003 9:23:42 AM

Sunny    This may not be always possible but it works.
On the last assignment of shooting a conference of 500 doctors one by one, we simply asked them to wear a frame with no glasses. We arranged for two or three different frames.
The results were great compared to earliar ones since doctors wear glasses with strong lenses.

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1/5/2004 1:29:33 AM

Will Rankin   Get them to TAKE THEIR GLASSES OFF! Doh!

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1/5/2004 2:03:14 AM

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