Flare lights such as light from the sun or any other light source affect the quality of your photography. Light plays a critical role in photography and understanding how to optimize it defines your career as a photographer and as a graphic designer. While flares can be mostly accidental, some photographers add them intentionally to enhance their artistry.
A lens flare happens when your camera lens is hit by a bright source of light such as the sun or any other artificial source of light. Bright light sources, when they hit your camera lens, subsequently hit the digital sensor and the camera film. In most instances, lens flare results in the creation of unwanted images and consequently lowers the photograph's contrast.
Lens flares can take many forms, including one or all polygonal shapes, an overall washed-out look, or bright streaks. Since most camera lenses are made of multiple lens elements, lens flare is caused by unwanted light, which doesn't refract directly alongside the intended path. It instead, reflects internally on the lens elements, back and forth, before it reaches the digital sensor or the film.
Lens flare happens due to unwanted reflections of light bouncing off the different lens elements, that is, the sensor, and the diaphragm of your camera lens. This results in the creation of unwanted objects in your photography, degrading the quality of your images.
While the lens flare effect is mostly unwanted, it is still useful as the flare lights create circles, starbursts, haze, or rings. This effect adds a feeling of warmth and softness to your backlit portraits, helps you achieve a natural cinematic effect, and also defines your landscape shots.
There are several tips and tricks in which you can get lens flare photography.
While you can use the tricks above to achieve lens flare, you can make the process a lot easier by using Corel PHOTO-PAINT photo editing software.
Every good photographer knows the magic that lens flare brings to images and how it brings the truest and most natural forms of an image. If you are looking to add an artistic element to your photography, try Corel PHOTO-PAINT today and see how easy it is to add flare to your images.
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