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Practice shoot today of a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.  Both wear eyeglasses, I tried everything but trying to get the plane of the lens below eyelevel.  Will this work?

I even tried my polarizer.  Granted it was in bright sun under a huge shade tree.  Final shoot is tonight after 7:00.  Help please...

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Re: getting terrible reflections in eyeglasses - suggestions please
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 07:37:10 PM »
are you using flash?

if so and its direct its going to be a nightmare
bouncing off a white cieling can help reduce potential glare
if out doors you can get an assistant to hold a white relfector above and bounce of that

also make sure they are not looking directly at the light as you want to avoid the potential catch light in the glass, try a few different poses to work out which angle the light isnt catching the glass so much

no real easy way i'm afraid other than trial and error of checking angles

also check you polariser rotation is correct it should cut down some glare for sure again do some test shots
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Re: getting terrible reflections in eyeglasses - suggestions please
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 11:23:53 PM »
Just turn the subject slighty. Easy as pie.
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Re: getting terrible reflections in eyeglasses - suggestions please
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 01:52:26 AM »
I know it's too late to help the original poster, but for anyone else that has this problem and stumbles across this...

If you think about the flash, the lens, and the camera as having a relationship, it becomes an easy problem to solve. The glasses are a mirror. If the flash hits the glasses in a way that bounce into the camera, you'll get a bad reflection. If not, you're fine.

So, straight on? Bad reflection. Flash high, camera low? Bad reflection. Flash right, camera left? Bad reflection, etc. Think of the light from your flash as a ball on a pool table, shot from the direction of the flash. The glasses are the wall of the table, and as long as your camera isn't in a place that the "ball" (light) hits, you're fine.
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Re: getting terrible reflections in eyeglasses - suggestions please
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 02:07:39 PM »
Another trick if it is a controlled portrait, is to shoot a few frames of them with their glasses off, then you can clone out the reflections in the glasses photos with the other images as source material.
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Re: getting terrible reflections in eyeglasses - suggestions please
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 02:07:39 PM »