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Can I Take Photos with Glasses On?

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Can I Take Photos with Glasses On?

When you take photos, it’s ideal to get your eye right up to the viewfinder. If you wear glasses, you may have trouble doing so. But if you take off the glasses you might not see clearly. 

So what is a person with glasses to do? Here are a few solutions. 

Corrective Lens Cameras

If you take pictures with a smartphone, you shouldn’t have any problem taking pictures with glasses because there is no viewfinder. But if you are taking pictures with a DSLR, it’s a different story. 

A corrective lens offers the perfect solution. The lens will adjust the view to your vision so you can see through it clearly without glasses. 

Most camera lenses adjust between +1 and -3 so if your vision is within that range, you should be good. If your vision is worse than that, both Canon and Nikon have additional lenses that may do the trick. 

Use Live View

There are also DSLR cameras that have a Live View feature that shows you what the digital sensor sees without looking through the viewfinder. This is another good solution. However, it’s important to make sure the picture is centered when using Live View. 

Live View can also make it difficult to see some of the details in the photo. 

One way to get around the issues Live View presents is to use zoom. There should be a button with a magnifying glass on your camera that will activate the zoom feature.

It will work when you are manually focusing your camera and when you’re reviewing images. You can use it to blow up small details as big as they can go given the restraints of a 3” screen. It’s not an ideal solution, but it can help. 

Learn How to use the Autofocus

People with vision issues may have trouble focusing on their subject. Therefore, they should rely on the autofocus of the camera. But the autofocus doesn’t always work as it should. 

However, there are tips and techniques that will help you get the most out of autofocus. This is advisable if you shoot without glasses. 

Shoot at Narrow Apertures

Setting you camera to a narrow aperture will also help you get photos that are more in focus. Setting your aperture to f/8 is typically ideal. The only exception is if you are shooting with a big telephoto lens, or shooting macro, portrait, sports, and wildlife. 

Wear Contact Lenses

Not everyone likes wearing contact lenses, but it is a solution. It will allow you to get into the viewfinder with no obstructions and you will be able to see everything clearly. 

Taking photos is not easy for glasses wearers. But there are techniques you can use that will allow you to see your pictures perfectly without glasses. Here’s hoping you get the images you always dreamed of regardless of your vision issues. 

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