If you’ve ever had to take a portrait of someone with glasses, you’ll probably know that this can be a tricky process. With the eyes tending to be the focal point of a portrait, the glare from their glasses can ruin everything, so you need to know how to deal with it.
The first time I realized that glasses can be a problem in portrait photography was when I bought my first strobe light and softbox, and decided to train with them. some self-portraits. From there I sat in that room in my house and tried all the angles and filters. I learned more in this brief period of experimentation than in many full tutorials. In fact, what I learned became crucial for my career later on.
I’ve written about one of my biggest repeat clients before. They have hundreds of employees and I take each of their portraits, as well as several shots of each working. So I end up taking thousands of pictures of people, many of whom have glasses. You rarely get too long with every subject, and getting the right lighting has to be an art. It becomes more difficult, however, when the person has glasses of varying sizes and thicknesses.
This video is a great introduction to the problem and offers potential solutions. I would implore any budding portrait, wedding or event photographer to take the time to learn how to deal with glare – it will pay dividends!