How to avoid glare in eyeglasses. Photographing people with glasses and minimizing reflections

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  • Thanks a million Joe! I've been having this issue lately. Now i will put your advise in practice!

  • Ahhhh Grasshoppa, your knowledge has made me a better shooter. Thank you.

  • Very very informative!

  • Awesome advice. Love your approach to photography! Problem solving. Understanding how light behaves is critical to our art.

  • Pol filters dont help alot, do they? Thank you for these tipps.

  • Great video. Thanks for the suggestions

  • Great

  • Superb tutorial, helped me shoot some great shots. One query though: How do we setup for a front on portrait shot where the model is wearing a mirror lens reflective sunglasses? Do we have to edit the reflection of the camera?

  • Tip worked perfectly for my shoot this weekend!

  • Brilliant Advice as ever, thank you 🙂

  • Excellent video – as ever. One observation/question, using the suggested angle for the primary lighting seems to put the shadow of the top portion of the eyeglass frame across the eyes. It's obviously more noticeable in some shots than others, partly I expect related to the design of the eyeglasses. Do you have a particular way of dealing with that or don't you find it matters in practice? Thanks Y.

  • Later in the day after watching this video, I was listening to photography podcast and this topic came up. One of the contributors gave the "move the glasses down" suggestion. So ironic. Once again, great problem solving on your part!

  • Thank You! You simple resolve my problem.

  • correct me if I'm wrong………but couldn't you just use a polarizing filter?

  • YouTube put eyeglasses advertisements all over this video 🙂

  • thank youuu so much for this video!! now i finally know to handle glasses in pictures 😀

  • great video, great tips. thank you.

  • I finally found out the solution to the thing i was looking for more than 3 years. Thank you so much Joe , your work is excellent !!

  • your channel is probably one of my favorites out there. I've learned much more from you than any class.

  • Awesome video, Haven't had to deal with glasses glare yet, but I like to be prepared. No fear now, thanks! Subbed.

  • You are a great teacher that inspires me. Thank you Joe!

  • Lovely Video. This was really informative. Your teaching style is superb which makes watching your video entertaining.

  • Joe, this was pretty good!
    I discovered this solution practicing self portraits on myself. I got tired of seeing the octa in my glasses. I had low ceilings in my room so I couldn't extend the light stand as high I I do in the studio. I sat lower, and the reflection in my glasses started moving up! I sat lower and lower and it was gone completely.

    This video, especially with the multiple set ups and the resulting photo, is problem solving gold! Now I've got to tune in to your videos and see if you have solutions to my other problems…Thank you

  • what about in natural light?

  • And again a very good tip.. Thank you

  • This is FREAKING AWESOME!! Thanks, Sir!

  • Great joe! Thanks for the info!

  • Fabulous Joe, I enjoy and also learn by watching your videos. But this one is exceptionally awesome. Hats off to you.

  • I always love your videos!

  • I was a preschool photographer and we were taught to also raise the light to avoid the glare .. it took me forever to get it right but eventually I did .. so I really enjoyed seeing you suggested the same thing

  • I just stumbled upon one of your videos Joe and I must've watched about 10 after that one after the other, they are that good. You have such an awesome way to present concepts, Thanks.

  • Thanks Joe, I appreciate the help every time

  • Very helpful video – thank You so much.

  • This is the best explanation and easiest solution to the problem with glasses I have seen. I photograph shiny objects I engrave on, metal, glass etc. This will make my life easier giving me more lighting options. Thanks Joe.

  • Most Excellent Topic! Lowering the glasses/chin is definitely the easy way out! I'm not a fan of the glasses arms casting shadows from side lighting though, I try to avoid that if possible.

  • these tips helped me create a better online profile picture of me. Thanks Joe!

  • thanks Joe for this grat information

  • Great video, clear, concise and to the point with wonderful illustrations and examples. Dude you rock!

  • My wife is an online teacher who uses a webcam to teach with. Unfortunately, I do not know much about photography but we are trying to come up with a solution for lighting. She is using a webcam at hairline level sitting down. She must be very active when teaching but we do not have the proper lighting for the house. I am currently using 2 LED lights with a metal reflective cones you get from a home depot or a hardware store. We have tried SEVERAL angles from far to up close. We have attempted placing the light at various angles around her but the light still reflects in her glasses which distracts the students. I would say we have tried over 200 placements and the lights still reflect in her glasses. Any advice you can give us?

  • Thanks

  • thank you sir, just changed the game for my videos

  • Joe, I like this one a lot! I didn't realize that adding height to the lights could help. But, it does darken the neck area. I think I've seen in one of your videos that you're not an advocate of using a reflector low. Is that anything to worry about (if you remove all my worries I might actually start producing some good work 🙂

  • Just love it! i´m new in your channel and i think its one of the best channel in the world! Thank you su much!!!

  • Thank you for great tutorial.

  • You ROCK

  • Hi Joe. Have you tried a polarizer before?

  • Excellent. Thank you. As a causal photographer who will shoot flashes from on top of the camera, this happens to me a lot. But I will remember to use bounce flashes more.

  • thank you Joe for this valuable information!!

  • Scenario: you are photographing 100 members of a group. Your location on has 7’ ceilings. You are confined in a space that doesn’t allow much room at all to maneuver your lights. The setup: main light is s 36” Octabox directly over the camera, pressed up into the ceiling. Your are about 3’ from the subject with the background (a 5×7 Westcott x-drop) 1.5-2 feet behind them. You’ve squeezed two kicker lights on either side of the background. There’s very little room for any type of movement. You are shooting one person about every two minutes. Some are wearing glasses and don’t want to remove them. All of the portraits must look uniform. If you move the lights, that person will not be lit the same as the rest. What do you do? Tilt glasses? Lower the chin a little? This situation requires the “dumbest” thing you can do, to be done. Like you said, Photography is all about problem solving. And sometimes it requires doing the unthinkable, tilting the glasses. Please be aware that option is still an option, even if you think it’s dumb.

  • Great content, you've got yourself a subscriber!

  • Your videos are so awesome!

  • clear, simple ,and straight to the point , Thanks for that awesome explanation

  • This is really helpful…..but…. what do you do if you’re outside???

  • My biggest issue is how do you have the camera focus on the eye instead of the front of the glasses to ensure the EYES are the plane that is in focus. Ive tried having them take off their glasses right before the shot and then put them back on but still not sharp on the eyes? Any ideas? thanks

  • Thank you master , your work is terrific!!

  • I subscribed, when I heard his 20/80 explanation. 😀

  • Hahahaha i just love the way you present your videos. Got a chuckle out of that 0:26 secs.

  • all i can say is…. Subscribed

  • Mannnnnnnnnnn I needed this! You helped me out a lot!

  • Thanks Joe

  • Keeping it simple as always Joe! Thank you!

  • So good! Thank you!

  • I was at a retirement party for a coworker/friend. I needed to take some pictures of my friend holding the awards he received. The lights in the room were small, ceiling mounted LED lights. They were all over the ceiling. Very harsh. I could not find a position for me or my friend where the lights were not in his glasses. The lights filled his glasses. I was not expecting to have to take pictures or I would have checked the place out before the party. Any suggestions for on the spot reducing the glare in eye glasses.

  • Great technique, I just tried it on my lighting and it worked fantastic.

  • Thanks! :DDDD

  • thank you. that was very informative.

  • great video!

  • Hey Joe,

    I was wondering how not to get frame shadows on the face of my subject. Eyeglass frames are pretty thick and when I was practicing taking self portraits, my eyeglass frame shadows were terrible. Any suggestions.

  • Started photography recently. I’m not late. And also added to Playlist.

  • What a simple and informative video! Thanks so much!

  • Do the same "Rules" apply when shooting outside in sunlight? Sometimes you'll pick up the reflection of buildings, trees, etc.
    Can't raise those above the glasses.

  • Joe, great content as always. I have been looking for a Mannequin with reflective eyes for ages. Which one do you use? Thanks.

  • They're not the best-looking glasses, but they work: buy some dollar store glasses, and drill/break out the plastic lenses.

  • So simple, thank you.

  • Great tips for shooting a person with glasses. I have another a trick that really helped me the most and I don't have to do any fancy lighting techniques to get the right shot. If the person really wants to be photographed with their glasses because that's how they like themselves being photographed I just ask them to go to the place where they bought their glasses and have them remove the lenses from the frame. This is the best way to shoot a person with glasses because even though you gave good tricks you still have the problem where the eyes look bigger or smaller depending on what degree of prescription they have. A persons eyes with a -8 prescription will have tiny little eyes and why photograph someone that their eyes look tiny when in fact they have really beautiful without glasses but are deformed by the glass prescription. everyone I have done this has spare glasses so removing the glass from the frame is real easy and you can control the shadows caused by their glass frame. In your examples of changing the light position to avoid glare caused weird shadows around the eyes or chin or other places because you wanted to get rid of a lens reflection. Your method has pros and cons, my method is flawless. If the client is paying good money for your services there is no other way of doing this without removing the glass and photographing them with the frame only. Perfect pictures and no issues and their eyes look real instead of distorted by the lens. 🙂 If they must be photographed with their glasses on, save the headache and get them to remove the glass 🙂

  • How about Natural light? ^^

  • excellent ! thank you very much

  • Ty joe your awesome

  • God Bless you! I just realized today that my portrait shoot had tons of glasses and I managed to find your video before I went. Raised the lights and only had a bit of glare on one person. You saved my bacon!

  • Thank you so much

  • I learned this the hard way … trial and error. Great tutorial nonetheless!

  • found this accidentally…. very helpful thank you.
    what i was looking for that isn't anywhere but must be pretty simple is….. I have just started wearing glasses and trying to figure out how I can shoot pictures while wearing them? Do I take them off? then on again after taking camera away from the eye?
    Simple thing but changes 35 years of how I have always taken 😉

  • I love your Videos Joe. I can watch this for hours

  • Great tip! Thanks!

  • How do you light group of people / family, when some with glasses and some not? 🙂

  • Worked great!!!!
    P.s-I think if you start Physics tutions you'll have a lot of students sir🤣🤣!!!

  • 74” while sitting, how bout standing height?

  • Well explained!

  • Again nice video Joe. As a glass wearer and photographer I'd also suggest getting the subject to clear their glasses at the start of the shoot as well. Grubby glasses suck 🙂 Not sure if anyone else pointed this out.

  • Joe, this might be one of the best lighting tutorials I've ever seen. Wow man! I grew up in a photo studio and somehow didn't connect the dots on this.

  • Great video! Just subbed.

  • Just became a big fan!! What a terrific video – you don't waste a word and it's stuffed to the gills with relevant information. Thanks.

  • very helpful information……
    Thank YOU

  • Amazing i got it ty sir

  • This has helped me tremendously – Thank you.

  • ooh awesome! So simple

  • Thank You, very useful tips.

  • Wouldn’t just using a polarizer work?

  • Thank you joe! This helped me a lot !

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