Shooting lens flare with emily taylor

Lens flare: some avoid it, but others (like myself) totally embrace it! When trying to capture lens flare, it's important to remember that adding lens flare to your images is a creative process, and you truly have to play with it and decide what you like best.

 

1. Direction

Consider the direction of light entering your frame, which will subsequently be the direction of flare. How does the flare interact with your subject?

 

2. Experiment!

Experiment with filtering the light through multiples camera lens filters, concave glass, prism, or other glass element.

 

3. Change apertures

Play with shooting lens flare at different apertures… for softer stars or flare, shoot at a wider aperture (f/2.8, for example), for more defined lines, shoot at a narrower aperture (f/22 for example).

ISO 100 1/30s f/8 70mm

 

4. GO MANUAL

Focusing can be really tricky when you’re shooting into the sun, so you may need to either switch to manual focus, or adjust your camera controls so that a button other than your shutter trigger focuses on the subject.

ISO 100 1/100s f/10 32mm

 

5. TIMING IS KEY

The optimal time for shooting lens flare is when the sun is low in the sky, around sunrise or sunset.

 

ISO 31 1/10s f/16 170mm

 

 

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