Lens Flare and how to Avoid it

Lens flare is created when a reflection of the light is shined directly into the lens, creating ufo looking objects in your photograph. I have seen many great pictures ruined by not paying attention to the lighting situation and lens flare showing in the photograph. In order to stop lens flare, you will need to pay attention to your lighting resource and accommodate it.

When setting up your photograph, try to keep your camera in a shaded area, like under a tree. The shade will stop the sun from reflecting back into the lens. If there are no trees to set up under you can use a piece of cardboard or other type of board to shade the lens. If you are shading the lens make sure the object you are using does not put anything extra into the photograph.

They make lens hoods for most lens sizes. A lens hood is a valuable item to have for your telephoto lens, it will keep out any unwanted light and keep your photos lens flare free. When using a wide angle lens, you will have to purchase a special hood for them. When shooting with a wide angle lens and you use a regular sized lens hood you can cause a vignetting in the photograph or the edges of the hood may show up in your picture, ruining it.

When photographing people try to keep them out of direct sunlight; this will create a more pleasing lit photograph, and lower your chances of having light bounce off your subject and creating flare. If you are photographing an inanimate object and cannot get it out of the sun do not shoot the photograph head on, this will eliminate your chances of glare bouncing off of the object and having flare show up on your photograph. You may also want to incorporate a polarized filter into the situation. This filter can eliminate flare on non metallic objects and also can saturate your colors, this filter also helps in getting dramatic sky photographs.

The art of photography is all about capturing light. Once you learn to control the light, you will have taken a major step forward into improving your photography. Changing the angle of light not only reduces the lens flare but makes a vast difference int the look of the photograph. Try placing the light at different angles and see what details it brings out or hides, pay attention to where you have reflection and possible flare. With lots of practice playing with lighting you will be able to eliminate flare and manipulate the light into creating the photograph you want rather than ruining your image.