Thursday, February 20, 2014
Day 39, Learning 39: Photographing People with Glasses
Photoshoping reflections out of eyeglasses is a real pain, and it's difficult to make the eye behind the glass look good. The better solution is to shoot it in a way that eliminates or reduces the glare.
Reflections are caused, of course, by the light bouncing off the glass back in the direction of the camera. One solution is to place your light source well to one side (or turn your model away from the light). This works well, but it also changes the lighting everywhere else-- something you might not want. The other way to avoid glare is to tilt the eyeglasses down by raising the backside of the frames up above the ears. The hair typically masks this cheat, and the eye isn't drawn to the back of the glasses. No Photoshop in the above image. If you look carefully you can see that her frames are a good inch above her ears. Be careful, though, that they are on straight-- lift one side higher than the other and they'll sit on the nose crooked.