Controlling Reflections: How They Roll in China

From the comments of the glasses tutorial video, reader Rob Mulligan shares a quick tip from the Orient...

Says Rob:
"When I was in China getting married in 2000 we had a full day (you Chinese readers know what I'm talking about) studio wedding shoot. My father in law had those awful big square "old guy" glasses.

The hip young woman photographer rolled out a batch of cool looking frames with no lenses for his family to pick out the best looking ones for him to wear.

He looked excellent, and NO reflections!

Indeed. And to think I have been doing it the hard way for 20 years...


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep they used to do that in the old studios in th US as well- or rather they had a frame heater that would warm up the frames and you could remove the lenses. Not really a new thing. But... a good photog should be able to control most of the glare, and with the new anti-glare reflection coating on most lenses - that makes a huge difference as well.

February 05, 2009 6:27 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

We were in China in 2007 - 365 days before the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics (massive party then too). These wedding studios are the standard method of wedding photography. I got some magazines cause I figure other local shooters couldn't fathom how the idea could be applied as a "default". Magical backgrounds - a fairly high level of semi-beliavable PS skills... its scarily impressive. Impressive enough to consider setting up shop; for some of that business, and showing them how we do it... They have such magical gardens - its such a waste not to use them!

February 05, 2009 7:01 PM  
Anonymous LuizC said...

Each one has their own idea! :) Hilarious!

February 05, 2009 7:16 PM  
Blogger Allen and Autumn Thomsen said...

Way faster than taking the shot and then taking off the glasses and taking the shot again and photoshopping the two images together....WAAAAAAY faster.

February 05, 2009 8:07 PM  
Blogger Gavin ・ ギャビン said...

Wasn't this exactly how they handled Clark Kent's glasses in the old black and white serials? Trouble is, I don't have a tray full of hip lens-less frames!

February 06, 2009 2:27 AM  
Anonymous flomei said...

Hi David!
Well, maybe it´s just me but I have no "More >" link on this article here in my Firefox.
I checked the comments and used the "Show original Post" function to see the tip.
For sure just a little thing to fix... ;-D

Wish you a nice weekend!

Greetings from Germany,

February 06, 2009 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Craig Murphy said...

Lensless frames always look like lensless frames. It doesn't fool anyone.

February 06, 2009 10:29 AM  
Blogger petr said...

Craig: you can always add some gloss in PS, there are tons of tutorials for that :)

February 06, 2009 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Raymond said...

During my wedding shoot in Hong Kong 13 years ago they popped the lenses out of my frames. Resultant pics look weird, that is not the real me.

Given this is all done in studio with a production line feel of poses you'd think they would have worked out the angles!

February 06, 2009 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

petr said "Craig: you can always add some gloss in PS, there are tons of tutorials for that :)"

I hope that's a joke. Why not just use the tried and tested methods to not have any glare in the first place. It isn't hard.

For those who haven't read it yet I suggest you buy - Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. You'll be amazed at what you might learn (and NO Photoshop anywhere).

Get it right in camera for crikeys sake and rely less on PS to fix up bad shots....

February 09, 2009 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Claus Jepsen said...

If you use glasses with a disorder of let's say -5, your eyes are considerable smaller through the lenses than without; hence, the picture without lenses looks 'strange' to people who know the person.

I really prefer taking the picture of the person as he/she looks, following the great advise of setting lights on!


February 09, 2009 12:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hahaha - That is an awesome solution. Love it.

March 17, 2012 7:17 AM  

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