All about rainbow lens flares.
When you’re outside taking photos, you can get a surprise lens flare that scatters rainbows across your viewfinder. Many digital camera viewfinders won’t pick these up, and you might not even notice they’re there until you start editing your photos.
What causes these rainbow lens flares? It comes down to scattering. Camera lenses are not perfect in their manufacture, and even the most expensive lenses can be vulnerable to scattered light, which is when exceptionally bright light or sun rays sneak in through material imperfections to create bokeh effects and lens flares. This is sometimes called a light leak. Sometimes these can negatively affect your shot, but that’s not always the case. Rainbows and rainbow lights can also add delight and beauty you weren’t expecting.
Get outside and shoot into the sun.
Find those bright lights indoors.
Upgrade your gear.
If you’re looking to take matters into your own hands, rather than trying to work with nature or an interior space, another option for creating different types of flares, streaks, and rainbows is available in filters. There are adjustable and screw-on filters for many camera lenses that increase the likelihood of streaks, flares, and rainbows showing up in your photos. Some are even adjustable prisms that can create kaleidoscopic effects.
How to add rainbow colors in post-production.
Overlay effects and gradients.
Using brush tools, photo overlays, color swatches, blur effects, and lens flare overlays, you can easily create individual rainbow flares that look natural and add artistic flare to an image. With these tools, you can adjust everything from opacity to the color spectrum of your rainbow. If you want something unusual, creating an abstract rainbow is easy with these tools.
The first place you’ll start is by creating a blending overlay that filters out certain levels of color and light, which is the first step to detailed blending work. And if you’re looking to do things in a faster, less involved way, the gradient tool includes a rainbow preset that’s ready-made to add straight into one of your photos.
Integrate stock assets.
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