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Tips & Tricks for Taking Photos with Glasses

Posted on August 20th, 2018

It’s a common question for anyone who wears corrective lenses and loves to take pictures: How can you take a quality photo while wearing glasses?

Whether you’re behind the camera or in front of it, here are some tips on how glasses-wearers can make sure their photos stand out.

Tips for photographers who wear glasses

When taking a photo with an SLR camera, a photographer needs to get as close to the optical viewfinder as possible to get a good shot—but that can be difficult for those who wear glasses, depending on the style you wear and your prescription.”.

Naturally, if you’re wearing glasses, this can be tricky because they may get in the way. But here are a few tips for getting around this common predicament.

Wear your glasses

Some photographers simply keep their glasses on while shooting. Here, you push up as close as you can to the viewfinder and, as long as you don’t have any trouble seeing or experience discomfort, you can proceed with shooting. This does have the potential to scratch your glasses, though, so be sure you have a soft flexible eyepiece shell to prevent damage to your lenses. Or, you can also ask your eye doctor for scratch-proof coating on your next set of lenses.

Adjust the camera’s diopter

A diopter is a setting for the camera’s viewfinder that can imitate the effect of wearing glasses. It is often a dial next to the viewfinder with a +/- sign, but check your camera’s user guide to determine where to find it on your SLR. If you adjust the diopter to the same level as your prescription, you can simply take off your glasses and start snapping away. For those who are farsighted, you will use the “+” to bring the image into focus; use the “-” if you are nearsighted.

If you have a particularly strong prescription (that requires greater than six prism diopters, for example), you may not be able be able to adjust it enough for clear sight. If this is the case, try one of the suggestions below.

Install a correction lens on your viewfinder

Picture a correction lens as giving your viewfinder its own set of glasses. You can visit a camera store (or search online) to find the right strength of lens. You’ll need to know your prescription first, so be sure to ask your optometrist for that information. Then, you will install then lens right over the viewfinder of the camera. (The lenses come in a variety of shapes and sizes for different cameras.) From there, when you look through the viewfinder without your glasses, you will be able to see as if you were wearing them and not have to worry about your frames obstructing your shot.

Use the LCD screen instead of the viewfinder

Because of its size, the digital display screen on the back of your camera can be easier to see than through the viewfinder. However, you must hold the camera away from your body to actually see the image—which can be an uncomfortable way to take a photo and may cause your arms to shake while you’re taking the shot. Also, many professional photographers say the human eye can pick up details a digital screen just can’t. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind using the screen instead of the viewfinder, this might offer a suitable compromise for some photographers.

Tips for photographing people wearing glasses

Are you a photographer who wants to take photos of a subject who’s wearing glasses? You’ll be relived to hear that there are a number of effective ways to capture that person in the best light while avoiding glare or reflection from their eyewear.

It can be tricky and take some patience to find the right angle and approach, but these tried-and-true techniques can help you create a flawless photo.

Get warmed up

To start, position your subject in their chosen pose. Use the viewfinder to determine if you can see reflection or glare from your light source bouncing off the lenses. Or, take a few sample shots and use the LCD screen to see whether the glasses have caused light spots or reflections. If they have, try these steps.

Ask your subject to tilt their head

A simple head tilt will angle the glasses so the sun, lighting, or camera flash won’t glance directly off them. This may take a few tries before you get it right, so don’t be afraid to take sample shots and adjust as you go.

Adjust the glasses themselves

You can ask the subject to adjust their glasses so they sit on the subject’s face at a slightly different angle. This minor adjustment may help stop the light from bouncing directly off the lensesAs above, you may need to experiment a few times before you get it right.

Check or change your lighting angle

Ensure your light sources is above or behind the subject, not directly across from them or at the same level of the glasses. If shooting at night, use a creative camera angle to ensure the flash is not flush with the subject’s eye level when you press the button.

Block the sunshine

If you’re shooting outside and the sun is causing glare, trying putting a hat on the subject, or have them stand under a shady tree or awning to divert the sun’s rays from their eyeglasses.

With these tips in mind, we hope you capture some unforgettable shots during your next session!


If you need new glasses or are looking for advice on how to protect your glasses when you take photos, book a consultation with your nearest FYidoctors.