No matter the sneaky techniques you use to get around it, sometimes eyeglass reflections are just impossible to avoid when photographing people. It’s always best practice to have the client remove the glasses for a single shot so that you have some bare eyes to work with in Photoshop, but for times when this is just not possible or you simply forget to take that extra step, this video will guide you through some great ways to fix that glare, without a ton of cloning or eye-swapping.
It happens to me all the time: an otherwise perfect shot tainted by reflections in my client's eyeglasses. When I’m shooting outdoors, I see the sky, the grass, and myself in their lenses. When I’m shooting a huge group during a wedding, I see my great big octobox and every stained glass window in the church. In an ideal world, glasses would not be so darn reflective. In an almost-ideal world, photographers would remember to take a photo of a bespectacled subject without said spectacles so that their uncovered eyes could be cloned into place in Photoshop. When all else fails, Photoshop has some great tools that can help you fix glaring glasses in no time.
In the video featured above, Unmesh Dinda demonstrates how adjustment layers can be used to minimize the appearance of reflections in your subject’s eyeglasses. By the adjusting brightness and color of the reflections, these distracting elements can be wiped out in no time, leaving your subject with glare-free lenses.
What is your favorite way to eliminate glasses glare? I’d love to see your methods in the comments below.