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Light becomes a completely new obstacle when reflective surfaces come into the picture. In addition to creating unflattering glares, reflected light distracts viewers from the true beauty of a portrait.

When it comes to children, this challenge becomes a particularly risky creative endeavor. Your images, no matter how brilliantly composed, will all have a single flaw: a bright glare sneakily hiding your subject’s eyes. Because of these issues, it’s not a surprise that many photographers are intimidated by bespectacled clients.

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We all yearn to make our clients happy and provide them with timeless memories. Thankfully, photographers of all kinds can do this flawlessly. Whether you’re dealing with reflective surfaces or limited light, you’re capable of defeating an innumerable amount of obstacles.

Below are tips that will help you do just that.

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Windows, studio lights, and phone screens all have one thing in common: they serve as valuable lighting tools in portrait photography. When it comes to eyeglasses, however, having your subject directly face these light sources won’t give you the best results. If the glasses don’t reflect harsh light, they’ll definitely reflect your lens.

An easy way to solve this problem is to experiment with various angles. Make sure your subject never faces a direct source of light. For instance, subtly moving away from a window will work wonders. Your subject will remain well-lit, and any unnecessary glares will be nonexistent.

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Change Positions

Your subject’s glasses don’t always have to be on their face. To keep your images interesting, have your client take their glasses off for a few moments. They could use it as an accessory on their head, hold it while sitting, or slightly change its position on their face. This will give you and your client more images to choose from. Instead of having simple portraits, you’ll have wider and closer shots.

:Create Well-Lit Portraits With Backlight Photoshop Tutorial

Outdoor backlight is almost always ideal for portraits. It not only flatters a subject, but gives the photographer a chance to focus solely on their model’s face. When working with other types of light (e.g. artificial light), angles are highly important as they determine how visually appealing a portrait will look. Backlight, on the other hand, is usually even and smooth. These qualities make it the ideal type of lighting for bespectacled people.

Backlight can be used in 3 different ways:

  • To allow light into one part of your image (think of light leaks in film photography)
  • To create sun flares
  • To light up your subject from behind and highlight things like hair

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Using these tips, you’ll be able to look at glasses as extensions of someone else’s life. They will cease to be obstacles that ruin your shots. Instead, they’ll become accessories worth using in your greatest portraits.

: How to Remove Glare on Glasses in Photoshop Tutorial

This method involves taking multiple shots of the subject with and without glasses. When taking photos, take pictures with or without glasses for every image you hope to use where you can actually see and cannot avoid glare with other methods.

Once in Photoshop, you’ll choose two shots to use – one that you like the image in and the subject has glasses on. This will be your main base image. Then choose a photo in which you like the eyes. The closer you are to a similar position, orientation, and size, the easier it will be. You will look through the eyes of a person without glasses and insert them into blinding glasses.

Here are the two images we’ll be using today

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As you can see, the photos are similar, but the angle is slightly different. The size is very close, so it should be relatively easy to do this. The first step is to select the eyes using the selection tool in the photo without glasses (shown in red here).

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Then go to EDIT – COPY. Go to your “base image” and select EDIT INSERT.

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This will be the result once inserted into this “base” photo. You will use the Move Tool to position the eyes as close as possible to the eyes in the glasses.

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Then you will use the TRANFORM command (using CTRL + T for PC or Command + T for Mac). This will bring up the handles as shown here. You can rotate and resize the image to better fit the eyes with glasses. If you’re having trouble, temporarily lower the opacity of this layer a bit so you can see the “base” image – don’t forget to set it back to 100% when you’re done with this step.

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:Click the checkmark on the top toolbar to accept the change. Then your image will look like this Photoshop Tutorial


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Then we need to shade the eyes. For this we will use a layer mask. Click the button shown in the layers palette to add a layer mask.

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You will be using black to hide the edges of the skin. Remember that white reveals (shows), black hides (hides).  When you paint with black to partially hide the top layer, it will show the glasses. Be careful not to paint over your eyes with black, otherwise the under-eye highlights will reappear. If you paint too much, switch to white as your foreground color and paint over the background. Go back and forth. Here is a close-up of the photo shown with the layer mask.

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And here’s the final image. Please leave a comment if you learned something, have a question or find it helpful.

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