Reflective annoyance: How to use a ring light with glasses to get rid of glare on glasses

glare on glassesThe glare on glasses during video podcasts or livestreams is so annoying. It’s annoying but how do we get rid of it? The crux of the situation really comes down to how to use a ring light with glasses and the answer to that is to set up a ring light with tripod to make the process easier.

Here’s how I avoid glares on glasses during my livestreams with the help of a ring with with tripod.

The setup

Let me show you how my setup looks as an example to avoid glare. Basically, the right lights on tripods are just off the side to me and at an elevated level.

glare on glasses strategy

I have it set up, so none of the lights are directly in front of my face. Instead, the two ring lights stand on tripods that came with them and light my face from the top. The glare is typically created by the lights being too close, which I’m avoiding here.

I then use one floor lamp on each side the fill the room with more light. They also have two smaller lights that I can point at the sides of me or use to light up the physical backdrop behind me.

In other words, the easiest way to avoid the annoying glare is to move the ring lights up or sideways if that’s impossible. That doesn’t always help with lighting, though.

That’s been my solution, and it has worked great. I’m better lit during livestreams, but the light is not blinding me or glaring in my glasses. However, if you are bald – like me – this can lead to reflections on the bald head. To avoid that, I simply use a light touch of makeup on my head.

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