Tip of the Day – Block the Flare

Tip of the Day – Block the Flare

If you struggle with lens flare (that washed-out look) when shooting with backlight – remember that it’s caused by direct sunlight striking the end of your lens. When shooting late in the day in an open area with no trees or objects in the background, look for creative ways to shade your lens. In this shot, I had the owner stand behind the dogs and I positioned myself in the shadow cast by her body. Depending on your angle, you may still end up with a blown-out white sky in the background, but at least your subject will be clear and crisp with no unwanted flare.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/1.4

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