Sometimes flare is a matter of artistic preference and choice. However, there are plenty of instances when we don’t want it in photos. Koldunov Brothers show you four different types of flares, and the methods to get rid of them. In some cases, there are only minor improvements. But in the others, the difference is pretty striking.
1. DSLR camera on a tripod
When you put a camera on a tripod and don’t cover the viewfinder with your eye, the light entering the camera can affect the image and make it look washed out. So, in such cases, use the eyepiece shield. From this video, I learned that Canon users already have it on the camera strap, so it’s always at hand. If you don’t have it, you can improvise and cover the viewfinder with the strap, your wallet, a cloth and so on.
2. Lens flare
Lens flare sometimes fits the image look and mood, but it’s not always the case. To avoid it, use a lens hood. Of course, you can also improvise here, and if the lens hood isn’t around, you can protect the lens with your hand. And when you take a coffee break from shooting – you can also save that coffee holder and put it on the lens. Not the prettiest solution, but it does the trick.
3. Filter flare
If you use UV filters to protect the lenses, they can cause some weird reflections when you shoot in backlight. So, in these situations, temporary the filter while taking the shots.
4. Dirty lens
Needless to say that dust and smudges affect the look of the image and increase the flaring problem. So, in case you aren’t already obsessed with cleaning the lenses – give them a good clean now.
[Flares In Photography. Examples and ways to deal with them. | Koldunov Brothers]