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14. Lens Flare > Advanced Lens Flare Techniques

Advanced Lens Flare Techniques

With lens flare, you can achieve soft romantic images. However, because the sun or any other light rays are directly penetrating your sensor, you can also achieve photos that have so little contrast that they could become almost unusable. Too much haze can ruin your photographs.

To obtain the best of both worlds, you must supplement the light from the sun with reflected light coming from the front. What you need is a reflector, preferably a five-in-one circular reflector. They are easy to carry and quick to fold. The five-in-one reflector has five color skins: gold, silver, zebra, white, and a diffuser. During a shoot, simply supplement the sunlight causing the lens flare by bouncing it back to your subjects using a reflector. Use the silver side of your reflector to offset the orange light from the late afternoon sun. The result is an image that still has that romantic dreamy feel, without the complete lack of contrast. The bounced light from the reflector will add contrast to your image. The key is to allow a sm....14.7


  

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