Glasses can be the bane of a photographer’s existence or a great tool to make some really creative images. There have been times I’ve finished a shoot only to find that a person’s glasses had given off an unwanted reflection or glare in the image, but then there have been other times where sunglasses became a fun prop to use to create some eye catching reflections.
I love using sunglasses during a wedding day, especially for groom and groomsmen portraits. Sometimes men can be more difficult to shoot and with the added “protection” of sunglasses, they are more comfortable in front of the camera; plus men look great when they’re dressed up in a nice suit/tux with a sharp pair of sunglasses to polish off the GQ look.
In the following Adorama sponsored video, Gavin Hoey shows how to control the reflections on glasses so that you can add or remove interesting elements to your photo. He uses a pair of sunglasses for this video, but the same principle applies to clear glasses as well. The first part of the video, he shows how to reduce reflections in camera so you don’t have the annoying glare that is so distracting in photographs. By positioning your light source properly and considering the size of your light source, you can get rid of reflections on glasses completely without having to do it in post.
In the second half of the video, Gavin shows how to create your own reflection using Photoshop. Using the Inverse Square Law, Gavin takes a photo of the cards and then brings the image into Photoshop for a stylized reflection in the final image.
Watch “How to Control Reflections: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: AdoramaTV”
I’m shooting a wedding today and I think I may try out this little technique for some fun shots.