Taking Photos with Glasses

Brilliant photos or successful snapshots are no problem for eyeglass wearers

When taking pictures, every photographer naturally tries to look as closely as possible through the viewfinder in order to get the best shot. This is not possible for eyeglass wearers. Nevertheless, taking great pictures is still no problem while you are wearing glasses, provided you pay attention to a few things.

Some people like to take pictures of atmospheric landscapes, while others prefer to take portrait photos of people. Photography is one of the best-loved hobbies in the world. As an eyeglass wearer, one often has to make a difficult choice: Should I take photos with or without my glasses on? For everyone who takes pictures with a smartphone or a simple digital camera, there is no issue here. You simply look at the display and press the button. With modern digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras it is possible to take photos both with and without glasses on.

Cameras with correction lenses

With a digital SLR camera, the diopter of the viewfinder can be optimally adjusted for the photographer's own vision. Approximately 90%of all eyeglass wearers then get along just fine without glasses. However, purchasing a so-called correction lens is really only worthwhile if your vision is strongly impaired – by a diopter greater than 6. The correction lens is screwed onto the viewfinder and enables you to see clearly through it without glasses.

Many digital SLR cameras are also equipped with a LiveView function. The rear display shows directly what the digital sensor sees and what is saved as a photo when the shutter button is pressed. For a final check that the picture is in focus, you can zoom in on the subject with the magnification function. This ensures you that you have photographed the subject perfectly. Many compact and mirrorless system cameras have only such a display for viewing the subject. In bright sunlight, however, these displays are at a significant disadvantage in comparison to a viewfinder. And only the photographer with a viewfinder will have a clear and glare-free view through the lens.

Those with presbyopia have a real advantage when photographing without glasses. It's true they can no longer see close-up very well and have to hold the newspaper as far away as possible in order to be able to read it. However, since the refractive power of the viewfinder is calibrated so that objects at a distance of 3 feet are in focus, the sight problem is rectified. You can see clearly and sharply and there is nothing to prevent you from taking a great picture.

Take your camera to the eye doctor!

If your preference is for leaving your glasses on, this will take some getting used to. People who take photographs usually try to look as closely as possible through the viewfinder of the camera and at some point, the eyeglass lenses get in the way. And so a further problem is encountered: since the eye cannot get so close, slight limitations in your field of vision can occur. The middle is in focus, but the periphery is somewhat blurry. A special prism from an eye care professional can help with this. It ensures clear vision even at the periphery. Wearers of progressive lenses will also need a bit of practice. They will first have to find the area of the glasses through which they can see best when taking photographs. Tip: If you are buying a new pair of glasses and plan on often taking photos while wearing them, you should take your camera with you when you see your eye care professional.

Better glass lenses and a good coating

If you often take photos with glasses on your nose, you should remember that the surface of your glasses suffers when it comes into contact with the viewfinder. Depending on the material it is possible that after time scratches will appear on your eyeglass lenses, in particular with insufficiently-protected plastic eyeglass lenses. Many camera manufacturers offer especially soft rubber eyecups. As an eyeglass wearer you should pay particular attention to this. Plastic lenses are much more robust today than they were a few years ago, but the lenses can still suffer. If you frequently take photos while wearing your glasses, you should ask your eye care professional for a good hard coating for your glasses.

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