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Online Basic Assignment- Flare- one image

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 10:30 PM

The last two assignments were way to hard on the general group, so I'll make this one way easier. Let's play with in-camera flare. Submit one image per person to include camera made flare. No archive digging, no PS flare filters.

This time of year I start seeing tons of wedding images and senior/graduation images. Many of them have good flare, and many have bad flare. To get a flare, your lens needs to be pointed (sorts but not directly) towards a light source- most commonly the sun. Using a lens hood will slow the flare down, so will polarizers and UV filters. Do not point you camera direct at the sun- it might cause damage to you sensor. Use the flare in an artistic way that adds to the image. Your subject should be in focus, and well exposed, and the flare should be a garnish. Use the flare compositionally to add to the image. Experiment with different light sources and different lenses. Night flares are also really cool. Often, depending on the lens and light source, light points will star with long exposures. I have seen special effects filters to make starred light- not sure if they are worth the cash. You can also fake it by taping fishing line to intersect over the front of your lens.
Flares apply to all subjects. While most common in people photography, I see them also on landscapes, reflections, macro and cityscapes.
Submit one image that is made mostly in camera. Change the image to be web sized- 640 on the long at 72 dpi, JPEGS please. No archive digging- please make a brand new image for the assignment.

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  • Sherri

    I was privileged to be the 2nd shooter! Thought this show was a story teller

    June 25, 2013

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    I'll open a file ASAP. thanks for reminding me that it slipped my mind again

    June 22, 2013

  • Andreas K.

    My photo is ready... ;)

    June 20, 2013

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