Nail the lens flare look.
How to minimize lens flare.
While lens flare looks great in some photos, it can be unflattering in others. In cases where the light is too intense, you can try to diffuse it. “It’s all about controlling your light,” says Galvan. “If there are trees, you can move your subject under them to partially block it.” Whether you use a diffuser or a natural obstruction to limit light, look for ways to make natural light work for you instead of against you.
You can also keep the light at bay a few other ways:
- Use a lens hood
- Shoot with your back to the light.
- Make sure your lens is clean. Internal dust can cause veiling, while smudges on the front of the lens can create undesirable flares.
- Use a high-quality filter.
Whether you want to give your portraits a soft, dreamy look or bring a landscape photo to life with sun rays, experimentation is the key to capturing some flares of your own. Try new things and don’t be discouraged if you don’t get your desired effect immediately. And when you’re ready to edit your images to perfection, move them into Photoshop Lightroom to bring out the best in every shot.
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