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.