I usually get 3-5 emails a week asking how people can avoid and/or remove glare on glasses. There are a number of ways to avoid, reduce or eliminate glare.
- Watch the light and how it affects the glasses while taking the shot. Turn your subject in different directions until the glare disappears.
- Reposition the subject – turn at various angles until you do not see the light in the glasses.
- Tilt the glasses. By slightly angling the actual glasses up or down, you can decrease or often eliminate glare altogether.
- Burn baby burn – sometimes if you have light glass glare, you can just use the burn tool and deepen the glare to blend in.
- Have the client remove the lenses for some of the images or bring a second pair with the lenses already removed. It looks completely natural and and no tilting of the frames is needed.
- Take 2. Take shots of the subject with and without his or her glasses on. Then use photoshop to merge the two images – taking the eyes of the non glasses wearing image and putting them into the glared glasses.
In the photograph below the subject was positioned the same way in both shots, but the glasses were tilted slightly downward which eliminated glare (illustrating tip 3). Thank you to Crane Photography for providing these images. Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on tip 5 – and learn to merge two images to eliminate glare.
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