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Sunday, July 8, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 8... Tip: Shooting Glasses


Welcome back to 31 Days of Photo Fun! Day 8 is a tip that has become near and dear to my heart. How to shoot glasses!

In the last 4 months, two of our three kids have begun wearing glasses. And while it's been beyond fantastic to watch them view the world in a new way, it's been challenging to photograph them with their glasses on.

Many of you might already know this, but photographing someone with glasses on can be tough. Often times light reflects off the glasses, creating glare and preventing us from seeing the gorgeous eyes behind them, as seen in the shot below.


I've thought about continuing to photograph my kids without their glasses, but I don't want to imply to them (especially my daughter) that they are not as beautiful with their glasses on, or that their glasses are a pain in the neck.

So I've worked through this new challenge, and found a few easy ways to get around that glare.

First, find some open shade. Open shade is simply a shady spot on that sunny day that gives your light a little more direction but doesn't have your subject covered in harsh sunlight. Below, I moved Mikey deeper into the porch which took some of the harsh sun off his face, thus having less of a reflection on his glasses.


Again, here I put Brady in open shade which drastically reduced the glare on her glasses. Still a tiny bit, but I love this shot!


Second, turn your subject away from looking directly at you. Here we were shooting so as to capture the details in Brady's new glasses (which was a good idea since they lasted all but a month- kids!!!). By turning your subject's face away from you, whatever light is reflected off the glasses does not show in your photo.


Finally, play with the tilt of your subject's face. Take a moment to tilt his face up or down until the glare on his glasses disappears. No glare at all! And this shot would have worked just as well, had Mikey taken his eyes off of his choo choos and looked at me. But we all know that ain't happening!


Of course, sometimes the shot is fantastic even with the glare!


Sometimes removing the glasses is an option, but for kids especially, it's important that they not feel that their glasses make them less special or beautiful or "them". So play with these tips and learn to shoot with those glasses on!

And let me know if you discover your own tips! What else can we do to get great shots of our loved ones in their glasses?


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