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YouTube question: glasses!!

Discussion in 'Through the Lens' started by DadsGlasses, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

    Any advice on videotaping my son for YouTube? He wears glasses and it seems like the reflection is distracting. Without the lights it's too dark.


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  2. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    Yes, smudge them up with your fingers first.

    I've no idea honestly, that's just the cost of filming someone with glasses and not having a highly trained CGI tech to go in and touch it up somehow. I imagine that's a thing, anyway.
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  3. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

    Haha! I don't think he would allow me to smudge them!
  4. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Honestly, I don't find the reflection on his glasses distracting.

    But you could try having him stand at a different angle -- glare is very angle-dependent.
  5. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    I like to change the angle of the light when doing photos to stop glare. I'll bounce it off the ceiling or a nearby wall to prevent glass reflections. You can also cover the harsh light source with a defuser. Link to a basic one here, though I would go with something that attached to the light source and didn't need to be held.

    While it's not overly distracting it's easy to work around this light issue. I left my defuser at home and needed it for a shoot once. I used a thin coffee filter to diffuse the light and it worked pretty well.

    Best of luck. Let me know when he gets everything going. I'd like to see his videos.
  6. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    Yes.. simply remove the glasses.
  7. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    A lot of people need those to be able to see. My sister wouldn't be able to find a pumpkin on a table 2 foot away without hers.

    It's pretty easy problem to work around with a little effort that doesn't require any extra expensive equipment or editing.
  8. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    And I'm one of them.

    Memorize lines, then repeat with glasses off.
  9. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    Fair enough, it's an option. The other video of him unboxing stuff would be much harder to do without glasses though.

    A coffee filter/paper towel, some scotch tape and a few minutes fix is pretty easy too.

    The channel is called Random Glasses so there is that consideration too.
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  10. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    Agreed haha
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  11. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

    Unfortunately he is 7yo and legally blind without his glasses. Not wearing them isn't really an option for him.
  12. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

    Thanks for the helpful advice. I have tried to change up the angles a little bit. I am also going to try to diffuse the light with the suggestions that you mentioned.

  13. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    No problem. If you post a photo of the light source I might be able to link you some more options. It's always nice to see young people in the hobby.
  14. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

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    Here is the primary camera setup that I use. I think the problem is that the LED light mounted on the frame is directly in line with the lens of the GoPro. I am going to move it to a separate tripod and angle it.

    I also bought two LED desk lamps that I have placed on the floor angling upwards to try and add more light. They have a "frosted" cover over the bulb that will hopefully diffuse a little bit.
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  15. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    Putting a defuser over that LED board would likely fix your problem. As bright as it is I's start with some non-printed white paper towels. If it's too dark use something thinner like tissue. They make a nice white gift packing tissue (just a reference link you shouldn't need to buy 120 sheets :D) that works well for something that size.

    The frosted lamps are likely fine as long as they are not angled right at his glasses. Since they too are LED you can make the same filter for them if needed. Take care with incandescent bulbs though as tissue too close to them will result in a fire.
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  16. DadsGlasses

    DadsGlasses Arachnosquire

    Thanks again for your help. I will play around and do some testing. Thanks!!
  17. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    @Trenor has offered many helpful suggestions.
    What may be of help is to web surf the mechanics of making movies on a set/studio. Also, compare what they do to on stage live performances with spotlights. Direct lighting=reflections, always. They almost never used direct lighting in a studio. It causes more retakes than all the actors stumbling on their lines.

    There is a hilarious video out there, maybe on Youtube, of out takes of Rachel Maddow shows. Her glasses drive the filming crews up the walls: Rachel, tilt your head down. Rachel, your head. Rachel...

    So if a direct light has to be used, obey the simple rule: lights high up, camera above the reflection area, IE, keep the head tilted down slightly.
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