Tip of the Day – Flare fix

Tip of the Day – Flare fix

Have you ever struggled with flare when shooting with backlight?

You can identify flare while you are shooting by looking through the viewfinder or reviewing the images on the back of the camera. Flared out images are overexposed, low in contrast and may have flare “artefacts” – lines and coloured circles of light – marring them. While a little flare is okay and can contribute to that “sunshiney” feel, a completely flared out image is difficult and time consuming to edit and should be avoided if you can.

So how do you avoid flare?

Flare is caused by direct sunlight hitting the end glass element of your lens. If the bare is sun visible in the frame of your shot, chances are the image is affected by flare. If you’re shooting using a screen of trees to filter the sun, usually all that is required to correct it is a slight shift to the side to shade your lens, to put the sun behind denser foliage or a tree branch and thus shade the end of your lens.

After I captured this shot, I realised it was flared out and moved my position before resuming shooting.

Since I really like this shot though, I decided to keep it and see if I could rescue it through editing. The first editing tutorial in Episode 5 of RealShoots is all about the process I went through to “rescue” this flared out image – interesting stuff!

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 160mm, ISO 1600, 1/640 sec, ƒ/4⠀

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