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Tips on Photographing People with Glasses

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Whether you are into photography as a hobby or career, it can be tricky to know how to photograph certain subjects. One of these tricksters is the model who wears glasses. We know that in photography light is everything, and this is also the case when photographing someone who wears lenses.

What happens when you take a picture of someone wearing reflective glasses is that the burst of light from your camera hits the lenses and creates a glare. The challenge is to know how to position the light, yourself and your subject in order to create the most ideal picture. The following tips can help you.

Light and Your Camera

Most of you will be using a digital camera to take the picture. The first thing to do is to turn OFF the red eye reduction setting. Check out your manual if you are not sure how to do this. The reduction setting actually emits two bursts of light – by turning off the setting, the camera will only emit one, thus reducing the chance of glare.  Purchase a flash diffuser if such a device is compatible with your camera. The diffuser will attach over the flash and soften the light from the camera.

The light source should be behind or at the side of your model. This includes the most prominent light source – the sun! Artificial lighting should be placed at an angle and softened using either a white sheet in front of the bulb or if you’re a professional, diverted by using a lighting umbrella.

Where You Stand

It may seem obvious, but you don’t want to stand directly in front of a subject wearing glasses. You don’t want to see yourself reflected in the lenses! Position yourself a little above or below the model. Stand farther away than you would for a model without glasses and use the zoom feature on your camera. By doing this, you are increasing the distance the light from the flash travels. Make sure the auto focus is turned off so that you can adjust the focus manually to get the best quality.

Strike a Pose

Feeling like you could get hired for Vogue yet? Now is the time to pose your model. Move the model’s chin downward just a bit to offset glare. It is also good to have them push up their glasses as far as they go on the nose. Turn the model’s shoulders a little bit away from the camera, and move their head just slightly toward the center and have he or she look at the camera with their eyes.

Photography is a fun activity; make it enjoyable for both the model and yourself! Take your time, enjoy it and snap a lot of pictures from different angles to ensure you get great results.

About Guest Author:
Sara Roberts is a content contributor for Just Eyewear, an online glasses retailer. Learn how you can buy glasses online and save hundreds off your next pair.


Nice post. I like reading this blog, and also got some new ideas on photography. 

joy@Web design Company
joy@Web design Company

The red eye problem is really very common among the photos and for that the most popular image editor i.e. adobe photoshop is used.I agree photography is a fun thing to do but at the same time it is a very serious profession.


Nice post. i always had problems with people who wear glasses and contact lens. The pics are really weird. i am not much into photography, but some parties and fun places i face this problem and also red eye is a big head ache in most of the pics. my cam dont have that feature of adjusting red eye :( but still I think light your camera paragraph is really cool :) thanks sara for the awesome post :)


Excellent and insightful post sara . People conveniently forget this aspect of portrait photography. There are a lot of things to care about , like red eye reduction and glare correction. The best option is to use a optical filter so the glasses dont glare out and the light is spread evenly across the subject. Artificial light filters aid a lot in such situations.