#18 SHOULD I WEAR MY GLASSES?
The simple answer is yes.
If you wear spectacles every day, then they would be considered part of your brand and people would expect to see you wearing them in your headshots.
There are a few things to consider when photographing glasses.
They can present a few problems.
The main problem is reflections or glare on the surface of the glass.
So how can we address these problems?
In an ideal world, your glasses would have an anti-reflective coating, which means almost no light reflects off the surface of the lens. If you have two pairs of glasses and one of them has the anti-reflective coating, I would advise that you bring that pair along to your headshot session.
First and foremost, make sure your glasses are clean!
No fingerprints or greasy marks!
With a little understanding of physics, we can adjust a few things to eliminate the glare.
- We can change the angle or position of the lighting.
- We can change the position or angle of the subject.
- We can change the position or angle of the camera.
The angle at which incoming light strikes a surface is the angle at which it will exit the surface. If the camera aligns with the angle of reflection, you’ll see glare.
Is there anything else we can do?
We could take two photographs. One with the glasses and one without, then blend them together in Photoshop to create a composite image. This will work, but with varying degrees of success. There are always going to be slight variables between the two images that we cannot control. Your expression is the key to a successful headshot and recreating a look that lasts for only a second is not easy! For this reason, I would only resort to this in extreme circumstances.
Another solution is a trip to your optician. If you can borrow a similar frame or even have them pop out the lenses for the day, would be a great way to get your authentic look without worrying about the glare of the lens.
One last thought.
If you sometimes wear glasses and would like shots both with and without your spectacles, then let’s do the without shots first. The reason for this is that we don’t want the red marks at the bridge of your nose that are caused by the glasses’ nose-pad.
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