How to Light Your Videos if You Wear Glasses

One of the biggest challenges for videos is lighting people who wear glasses. This video will show you how to conquer this challenge with style.

Nothing’s worse than having a great lighting set-up that doesn’t work for your subject. Enter those who wear glasses.

Lighting People With Glasses – The Problem

The biggest problem we have with glasses is the glare. Bright lights against those facial lenses just completely blows out a person’s eyes, making them white blanks of space. Not appealing at all.

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This example isn’t bad because of this lighting trick

The second problem we have with lighting people with glasses is shadows. Glasses create these weird shadows on people’s faces. Most of the time, you get shadows pointing across or down. The down shadows make a person look mad or like they have a heavy brow (like a neanderthal. Sometimes the shadows trail upwards. Check out these shadow eyebrows:

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Lighting People With Glasses – The Fixes

Getting rid of glare is impossible. All you can do with lighting is minimize the glare and shadows. It’s really a balancing act. You need the lighting to be present enough to see your subject’s face, but not too bright. You also have to balance the glare with the shadows.

Instead of a typical lighting set-up where the lights are place in front of your subject at 45 degree angles, lighting for people with glasses needs to minimize glare. In the typical lighting, the glare happens when the person turns their head to the left or right. So instead, we light the subject where they are less likely to look, causing the glare. That would be up and down.

In this lighting set-up, I put the key light above my head at a 45 degree angle.

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The light above me isn’t just at the right place and angle, it’s also diffused. You can see a bit of shadow on my cheek, but the diffusion makes it softer and less noticeable.

I also used a light at about 45 degrees from below that I bounced off a white sheet of paper. That fills in the dark shadows from the above lighting.

Notice that I have me head turned and there’s no glare at all on the glasses. None at all. This is the look you’ll want to go for in most of you videos with people wearing glasses.

Watch this video to get the scoop.

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Author: Conrad