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How to you deal with reflections in glasses?

 
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Nov 25, 2017 00:06 |  #16

Glint in glasses is a pet peeve of mine and my OCD will not allow it... if I can help it. I never have them remove glasses, because if they wear glasses then they are not natural.


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This one, the light may not be quite what I was wanting, but I got zero glint. I am still learning and experimenting.

I do hope to buy a mannequin to practice with, and one thing I will be doing is putting some Walmart reading glasses on it to try to improve that area.

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Dec 17, 2017 14:58 |  #17

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Glint in glasses is a pet peeve of mine and my OCD will not allow it... if I can help it. I never have them remove glasses, because if they wear glasses then they are not natural.


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This one, the light may not be quite what I was wanting, but I got zero glint. I am still learning and experimenting.

I do hope to buy a mannequin to practice with, and one thing I will be doing is putting some Walmart reading glasses on it to try to improve that area.

Andrew

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Jan 25, 2018 11:17 |  #18

+1 to tilting the glasses by raising the earpieces a little. Or use broad light on the face. Angle of incidence = angle of reflection. Send the reflection bouncing off into another part of the room.




  
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Jan 25, 2018 11:26 |  #19

It takes alot of work when doing portraits, especially when you have a line of folks waiting, and you have groups, so each person with glasses has to be addressed.

If possible, I ask whether they can remove them or not, and if they want them on, I have to adjust the pose and the lighting. Sometimes with a big group, there is no solution.

One that was very tough... and eventually I just took what I had.

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Jan 25, 2018 14:18 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #20

I think you did a good job TS. IMO, it's not bad to have some reflection in the glasses: as long as they're not obscuring the pupils of the eye. I've done retouching of eyeglass glare that couldn't be avoided. If you can clone and mirror the other eye (and then reduce its transparency and perspective distort it until it lines up with the original), that's usually a start. I've also had to sample and paint out glare around eye-lids (serious re-touching can require a graphics tablet).


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Jan 25, 2018 15:52 as a reply to  @ davesrose's post |  #21

Thanks, and yes I have done many recloning of eyes and is one of the reasons I rate off several duplicate shots, usually I have some I can use for cloning, otherwise one becomes the other by a cut and flip.


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Jan 25, 2018 16:05 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #22

Strangely ... these heavily posed formal family portraits tell us a huge amount about the people in them. There is so much information in this photograph.


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Jan 25, 2018 16:27 as a reply to  @ DaviSto's post |  #23

So what does it tell you? I am curious. :)


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Jan 25, 2018 16:30 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #24

OK ... I know who calls the shots ... and I know who will call the shots ... in that family.


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Jan 25, 2018 16:45 as a reply to  @ DaviSto's post |  #25

We have some old group formals (very high quality archival b&w prints) of one side of my family taken around 1912-13 ... that's a dozen and a half people, perhaps. (I am the irresponsible one who cavorts all around the planet ... so I am not the holder and I can't share the images). But it is quite fascinating to see what these very formal pictures say about the people in them and what would become of them.

I can spend hours looking at these people ... some as the grand-aunts and grand-fathers that they became .. some as the bright strong cheerful individuals that got blown to bits in the mud of the Somme or Ypres just a couple of years later.

Formal pictures carry an amazing weight of information ... I think.


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Jan 25, 2018 16:59 |  #26

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OK ... I know who calls the shots ... and I know who will call the shots ... in that family.

Well, the older couple are the parents obviously, and they are a very Godly couple, the nicest folks you will ever meet. He is the spiritual leader of the family and is an elder in our church. She is a realtor and honors and loves her husband dearly. He has some medical issues, we held prayer over him yesterday. So I don't know if that matches your thoughts, but these people give all they have to others around them. They are great role models for my wife and I. :)


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Jan 25, 2018 17:07 |  #27

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Well, the older couple are the parents obviously, and they are a very Godly couple, the nicest folks you will ever meet. He is the spiritual leader of the family and is an elder in our church. She is a realtor and honors and loves her husband dearly. He has some medical issues, we held prayer over him yesterday. So I don't know if that matches your thoughts, but these people give all they have to others around them. They are great role models for my wife and I. :)

Number one: I wish them only well ... and I was never trying to pretend I could determine their individual futures based on one picture. But there were some signs.

As for the senior member ... humble can be a great strength. I admire humble.


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Feb 04, 2018 14:08 |  #28

I handle this a little differently than the people who have posted already so ill add my two cents. I don't change my lighting to something that may be unflattering to someone to avoid glass reflection. If I'm getting a lot of it I have them remove their glasses and take a couple photos at different angles. Then I use layer masking to combine them in post. It sounds complex but once you do it a couple times it really only takes a few minutes and the customer is happy.




  
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Mar 10, 2018 21:41 |  #29

It's really very simple. If your lights are high enough you wont get reflections.


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Mar 14, 2018 13:43 |  #30

Best bets are to slightly change head orientation or light orientation just slightly enough to avoid it.

Big glasses and big light might make it difficult, but remember that you can also use a plain small reflector with fill light--you don't always have to use a softbox or umbrella.

Usually, though, the least objectionable method is just a slight change in the person's head orientation--usually only a small change is necessary.




  
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