Glare, Glare, Go Away | Hints and Tricks

Have you ever tried to take a picture in your new glasses only to discover there is a big white light coming out of your eyes? It’s what photographers refer to as glare, light coming off your light source, hitting the glass and reflecting back into the camera lens. See, light is all about angles. Think of it as a pool ball, except the idea is to miss the pocket (lens).

The Pool Table

So, If you have ever played pool, you know if you (with great skill) manage to hit the ball in the center, straight down the table, it should hit the wall and come right back to you. Once you start changing up the angle you are hitting at and the angle of the wall it is touching, it goes somewhere else.

Light is the same way. So let’s say you have the flash popped up on your cool new DSLR or on Auto on your iPhone. The moment it hits a reflective surface, it’s direction changes. Newton’s laws of motion… and you thought you would never use it after high school. ha!

Your glasses and the laws of motion.

So there are 3 ways you can make the glare go away:

  1. Change the angle of the light source. By bouncing the light off another object, you can easily change the direction that the light hits your glasses, changing where the light goes afterward. This should also give you a softer, more even light. 2 birds, 1 stone. Throw a white index card in front of your DSLR flash and bounce the light on the wall behind the camera.
  2. Change the angle of your glasses. In order to do this you may have to push your glasses up and tip your chin towards your chest. Yup,  you will feel a bit like Steve Erkle, but I promise it works. You can also raise the arms of your glasses, changing the angle of your frames on your face. So, while you may not be able to see, it can certainly help get a good picture.
  3. Turn off your light source! Ditch the strong harsh light and find a bright place with lots of reflected light. That is sure to make the glare go away and give you a more natural image!

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