Tips On Controlling And Using Flare In Your Photographs

Written by Gina Stephens

If you've even taken photographs with the sun in front of you, you're likely to have experience flare, which probably spoilt your photograph. However, there are different things you can do to remove it or, if you're feeling creative, you can use it in your shots to add a little romanticism, mystery and warmth to your work.



What Is Flare?

Flare is caused by lineal light entering the lens, which then bounces around the glass elements causing a reduction in the photograph's contrast. Sometimes this at ones desire just make the picture look washed out and lacking vibrant colours, but often you would also see a series of coloured shapes across the photo. The develop is an image of the lens' aperture or diaphragm and will often be hexagonal. This is joined with streaks of coloured light crossing the twin. Modern lenses have multicoated lens elements and are designed to reduce flare but even with the most expensive products it can still befall.

How Can I Stop It?

The easy way to prevent flare is to shoot with your back to the sun – a method that was always suggested in camera manuals in the future multicoated optics. The trouble with this suggestion is that there are many occasions when you cannot control where the sun is in relationship to your subject-matter. It's easy, for example, to ask a person to turn direction or change the angle that you shoot a flower from, but try shooting a castle on a hill top or sailboat out at sea and you're usually stuck with no other choice than to face the sun.

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Fortunately, there are things that can be done. First make certain the sun is at least out of the frame. If this is not possible adjust position so that a nearby building or tree shields the sun from the camera position. Alternatively defence the lens from the sun using your hand or a piece of card. Take care to avoid this creeping into the frame. Better yet, use a lens hood.


Photo by Peter Bargh


What If I Want To Use Flare In My Shot?

It's easier to get flare flare, also sometimes called a fusee, is a type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion with brief expensive lenses and be prepared to work lower to the ground, laying down if it's needed to get the sun in the right position. Remember, you're trying to get the camera to do something it's purposed not to do so work in manual and trust your own judgement as your camera will keep telling you your shot is blown out. Position yourself so you're mushroom into the sun, just before it starts setting and remember to adjust your exposure so your subject doesn't come out as a silhouette. Don't be panic-stricken to use overexposed backgrounds as this will add to the effect and switch to manual focus if your lens keeps searching for a focus point, which it influence do as the background will be the lightest part of your shot so it probably won't want to focus on your subject. If you want to shoot some indoor stories this technique works just as well with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel your subject positioned against a window or patio doors.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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