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Feb 12, 2013 19:08 as a reply to  @ post 15603247 |  #31

Thanks for the followup. Hopefully they appreciate all the planning and flexibility you brought to the shoot with you. Sure is an improvement!


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Feb 12, 2013 21:30 |  #32

clarence wrote in post #15551425 (external link)
Browse a few hundred corporate headshots:
http://www.google.com …bo=d&source=lnm​s&tbm=isch (external link)

IMHO, a rim light is what separates the "meh" photos from the "yeah" photos.

I looked through the search link you posted...I don't think a rim light was used in the ones that really made me say "aww yeah!" :D

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Feb 12, 2013 21:52 |  #33

Nice job. Any of the subjects wear glasses?


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Feb 13, 2013 00:27 as a reply to  @ post 15548798 |  #34

Opps. edit.

I'm late.. I didn't realize original post is 2 weeks old.




  
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Feb 13, 2013 02:00 |  #35

Thanks for the follow-up :)


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Feb 13, 2013 13:29 |  #36

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Nice job. Any of the subjects wear glasses?

Funny you should ask! That was my biggest issue with the whole shoot. Three of the five people wore glasses and wanted the pictures to be taken with their glasses on. I tried positioning them in different places and angling the glasses in different ways, but I had terrible reflections to deal with in post processing. I definitely need a better strategy for dealing with this moving forward. So any help here would be appreciated.


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Feb 13, 2013 13:42 |  #37

I'll put some thoughts together tonight with regards to shooting subjects with glasses and what my strategy is.


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Feb 13, 2013 13:47 |  #38

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Funny you should ask! That was my biggest issue with the whole shoot. Three of the five people wore glasses and wanted the pictures to be taken with their glasses on. I tried positioning them in different places and angling the glasses in different ways, but I had terrible reflections to deal with in post processing. I definitely need a better strategy for dealing with this moving forward. So any help here would be appreciated.

Here is a recent headshot I did. The key to is to get the lights off angle. In this shot I had a 24 inch softbox camera left, and an umbrella up high only slightly right of the camera for fill. If you get the lights high enough the light wont reflect directly into the camera. Done with 3 speedlights and a gray paper drop in the client's living room.

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Feb 13, 2013 13:58 |  #39

Another strategy for dealing with glasses is to have the subject tilt their head a bit more. Also raising or lowering your camera a bit can help as well. The trick, like gonzogolf said, is to have the lights reflect off the glasses at a angle that the camera does not see.

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Feb 13, 2013 14:24 |  #40

Regarding glasses, you may also have to resort to a smaller modifier or even just a reflector (with appropriate fill) if the subject has big curved lenses like "aviators" that catch a big modifier reflection no matter how you adjust the light and subject.

At the extreme, you may have to photograph the subject with and without the glasses and composite the eyes into the with-glasses shot.

The wrong answer is "remove the lenses" or "remove the glasses." A person who depends on eye correction will usually look stressed or confused without it. We have to deal with the glasses.


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Feb 13, 2013 15:37 |  #41

I did try some of these tricks. My key light had a small modifier and was up about as high as I could put it in this room. I did try various angles and head tilts to minimize the reflections, but I could never get rid of them. What I didn't do is try a smaller modifier for fill and move it more off-axis. My 53" octa created some pretty large reflections. I might gather all the suggestions here and strap my reading glasses on my mannequin head to experiment.


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Feb 13, 2013 15:48 |  #42

27" DO at about 24" for me for key. Nothing extreme for height. Head tilt down and towards the back shoulder a little. Fill from the side or below, but in tight enough to not be picked up in the glasses.

I would suggest setting up a tethered shoot if you have a lap top. Put your glasses on, then put the laptop in a location such that you can shoot live and see what effect certain head tilts and light location does.

Obviously the glare issued from the key light is minimized if you shoot broad as opposed to short, there still is an issue of reflection from the fill source. Also, you wind up being limited to harder shadow transitions and higher contrast because of the use of smaller modifier.

Non glare glasses make it much easier, but the challenge is with glasses that are of stout prescription.


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