Sunglasses are made from many different materials, which has a tendency to reflect everything in front, thus sunglasses photographers may face many challenges. Here are some tips to help you save time to produce quality white background images.
Good preparation will save time for shooting and image processing later. Arrange your large size sunglasses are in the same group, and so on for the small size. This way you don’t have to change camera position from the tripod for every single shot.
Clean dust perfectly from sunglasses. Tiny dust is invisible, but the camera is capable to catch them.
Put the sunglasses on the flat surface, make sure there is no gap in touch point areas. You may adjust the temples a bit to get balance. Sometimes sunglasses are crooked, so you don’t get a good shape image.
Lighting & background
Lighting is one of the most important parts of shooting sunglasses. The best way is light sources come from the top and both sides.
To get the best result, the light source must be diffused.
Lightbox is the best choice for sunglasses photography, save time to set up.
Use seamless white paper as a background.
Set up the white balance
Set up the white balance, so you can get the near-white background.
Depend on what kind of camera you are using, see the manual on how to set up the white balance. You may set either auto or custom white balance, the camera will understand what’s the light source you are using.
Setting the camera
Set the camera on manual mode.
Set the aperture from F/8 to F/16 to make sure the camera is capable to focus the entire sunglasses.
ISO will be set as low as possible.
Use a good tripod.
Depends on your angle shot, the objects in front of sunglasses may partly appear on lenses. Your jobs are to minimize this reflection to save time for post-processing.
For the angle shot, If the reflection appears on the left lens, then use seamless paper (the same as background) as a reflector, places it near the left lens, you may adjust a bit until all reflection disappears when viewing the image from the camera.
Angle shot- All reflections on mirror lens sunglasses were removed completely by using a reflector.
For the straight shot, you may cut a hole through a seamless paper, then put the camera lens through this hole. This way you will get a reflection from the camera lens only, not the entire objects from the front of sunglasses.
Straight shot- Sunglasses image after using photoshop to remove the camera lens reflection
Your images from the camera will have a near-white background.
Use photoshop to remove all areas which have near-white color.
Metal aviator polarized sunglasses photographed from front and back.