I spent yesterday making portraits at a corporate event, and several people tried to insist that they wanted to remove their eyeglasses for their portraits. This happens a lot, and it's usually because your subject has had a bad experience wearing glasses in portraits before. Here are a few good reasons your subject should wear their glasses in portraits. Recognition There's a picture of my family at my parents' house, and there's a guy I just don't recognize in that photo: it's my dad. But my dad has worn glasses every day since he was in … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: 3 Good Reasons You Should Wear Your Glasses
A quick google search told me that at least 60% of people wear glasses or contacts, and that means your next client probably does, too. I wore glasses for many years (I had LASIK, so I don't anymore) and can attest that when you're a glasses wearer, photographs can make you a little more anxious than usual because you've experienced really bad glare in the lenses. The thing is, photographing people with glasses is simple. Let me show you how. Reflection Direction Glare in glasses comes from light reflecting off the lenses and into the camera. … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: How Do You Photograph People With Glasses?
Circular polarizing filters, a.k.a. “polarizers”, are some of the few filters I always have in my pack. Polarizers are important tools in my landscape photography. They can dramatically enhance the look of skies, water and other features of the landscape. Polarizers can remove unappealing glare. They can increase the vibrant color and help the detail of a scene burst through. As with many pieces of photo gear, it's easy to label them as something you use for only a certain type of photography. I once thought of my polarizers as something used … [Read more...] about Polarizer Filters: They’re Not Just for Landscape Photography
When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. These examples show how different rotations of the filter can have varying effects on a scene. For this sunrise photograph of Trillium Lake, I wasn't quite sure which version I would like better: the one with the full reflection showing in the water (left), or the one with a little bit of the … [Read more...] about Removing Glare with a Circular Polarizer Filter
One of the major challenges in landscape photography is managing reflected light, especially when working around water. The single best way to subdue reflection is to use a circular polarizing filter to control the amount of scattered light across the lens in full sun. Polarizing filters are ideal for contrasting clouds against a hazy blue sky, and removing unwanted glare across water and glass. I like to think of it as sunglasses for my lens. While many filters can be successfully emulated via software, horizontally polarized light can … [Read more...] about Tips on Using Circular Polarizing Filters