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How to Eliminate Reflections in Glasses in Portraits

Pin ItHelp! I’m taking portraits of someone with glasses and I keep getting crazy reflections showing up from my flash in their specs. Can you help me!?!

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This is a question we hear a lot at dPS so when our friends at AdoramaTV posted this video showing how to get ride of reflections in glasses we thought it might help some of our readers.

The key is to keep experimenting with the position of your lights and reflectors – as you’ll see in the video – even the pros have to tweak positions constantly to get things right.

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  • Average Joe

    Oh my goodness, when I saw the title of this post on my iPhone, I got so excited! I myself have to wear glasses full time because my eyes react to contacts, and I’ve always wanted to know how to get rid of glare in case people I photograph have glasses too! Great vid. Thanks DPS! :)

  • Robert

    Don’t just move lights , use a circular polarizer filter too. These aren’t just for blue skys, their effect on reflection is incredible.

  • http://www.lomophotographyinfo.com/ Lomo Photo

    This is very good advice, because the majority of models I shoot wear glasses, so this helps tremendously Thanks.

  • http://photos.lencurrie.com Len Currie

    Another tip is to use a little bit of photoshop trickery if you’re not using flash or are trying to get rid of another source of reflection on the glasses, simply have an assistant remove their glasses and get them to keep their head as still as possible..

    Seen this recently on a Matt Kloskowski tutorial somewhere.

  • http://photos.lencurrie.com Len Currie

    Whoops, obviously once you do take the 2 pictures.. simply layer them in photoshop and mask out the reflection after lining them up.. ;-)

  • http://www.reddandblackmedia.co.uk redd

    this is haveing a go at some glass art …

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.207576349316302&type=1

  • Ann Barber

    You can sometimes change the angle of the glasses too by raising the earpieces a little off the ears up into the hairline slightly – especially when more than one person in the portrait.

  • Richard Hall

    you could always use a spare pair of specs and take out the lenses

  • ccting

    Can circular polarized lens filter eliminate totally the glass reflection?

    Is is possible to use light polarized filter that 90 degree to the lens non circular polorized filter to improve result?

    Family of angles..–> tilt down towards camera?

    Side lighting –> outside the family of angles?

    Top lighting?

    Sry i am just a noob

  • Kusshal

    Great Video………….really helpful.
    But what if we are not using the external flashes, how to control the reflection with the built-in flash of the camera? Please let me know, is it the same method for controlling the reflections in built-in flashes?

    Please help.

    Thanks
    Kusshal

  • Robin Öberg

    A polarized filter can totally remove the reflection, if the reflective surface is flat. Glasses are usually not that flat. But, that is also a good thing. A little bit of reflection, that does not ruin details, will enhance the fact that the person is actually wearing real glasses. Sometimes when I watch a bad soap, they can have flat glasses, just because wearing glasses is part of the character. This annoys me somewhat. Make it look convincing, keep a little bit of reflection.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk/wedding-art-photography.html Paul

    Good advice and great list of tips. Think I’m gonna bookmark this (thumbs up icon thingy)

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/richartedigital/sets Richard Arte Digital

    Excellent article as always. Keep it up!

  • THT

    Thank you for the article!

Some older comments

  • Paul

    February 29, 2012 03:33 am

    Good advice and great list of tips. Think I'm gonna bookmark this (thumbs up icon thingy)

  • Robin Öberg

    November 24, 2011 05:08 pm

    A polarized filter can totally remove the reflection, if the reflective surface is flat. Glasses are usually not that flat. But, that is also a good thing. A little bit of reflection, that does not ruin details, will enhance the fact that the person is actually wearing real glasses. Sometimes when I watch a bad soap, they can have flat glasses, just because wearing glasses is part of the character. This annoys me somewhat. Make it look convincing, keep a little bit of reflection.

  • Kusshal

    November 24, 2011 04:07 pm

    Great Video.............really helpful.
    But what if we are not using the external flashes, how to control the reflection with the built-in flash of the camera? Please let me know, is it the same method for controlling the reflections in built-in flashes?

    Please help.

    Thanks
    Kusshal

  • ccting

    November 24, 2011 12:24 pm

    Can circular polarized lens filter eliminate totally the glass reflection?

    Is is possible to use light polarized filter that 90 degree to the lens non circular polorized filter to improve result?

    Family of angles..--> tilt down towards camera?

    Side lighting --> outside the family of angles?

    Top lighting?

    Sry i am just a noob

  • Richard Hall

    November 24, 2011 12:05 pm

    you could always use a spare pair of specs and take out the lenses

  • Ann Barber

    November 24, 2011 11:12 am

    You can sometimes change the angle of the glasses too by raising the earpieces a little off the ears up into the hairline slightly - especially when more than one person in the portrait.

  • redd

    November 24, 2011 10:55 am

    this is haveing a go at some glass art ...

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.207576349316302&type=1

  • Len Currie

    November 24, 2011 06:07 am

    Whoops, obviously once you do take the 2 pictures.. simply layer them in photoshop and mask out the reflection after lining them up.. ;-)

  • Len Currie

    November 24, 2011 06:06 am

    Another tip is to use a little bit of photoshop trickery if you're not using flash or are trying to get rid of another source of reflection on the glasses, simply have an assistant remove their glasses and get them to keep their head as still as possible..

    Seen this recently on a Matt Kloskowski tutorial somewhere.

  • Lomo Photo

    November 24, 2011 05:37 am

    This is very good advice, because the majority of models I shoot wear glasses, so this helps tremendously Thanks.

  • Robert

    November 24, 2011 05:34 am

    Don't just move lights , use a circular polarizer filter too. These aren't just for blue skys, their effect on reflection is incredible.

  • Average Joe

    November 24, 2011 12:56 am

    Oh my goodness, when I saw the title of this post on my iPhone, I got so excited! I myself have to wear glasses full time because my eyes react to contacts, and I've always wanted to know how to get rid of glare in case people I photograph have glasses too! Great vid. Thanks DPS! :)

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