Banish lens flare

Here are three easy ways to prevent stray light from ruining the quality of your shots on bright, sunny days If youever taken pictures looking towards the sun, chances are youhad problems with lens flare. This can go unnoticed when taking the shot, but is obvious when you view your images on a computer. Lens flare can appear as brightly coloured geometric shapes and streaks that extend across the frame, or an overall haze that reduces contrast and saturation and masks subject detail. The problem is caused by light reflecting inside the lens and is worse in images taken with zoom lenses that have a lot of lens elements within the barrel. Basically, itbad news for the quality of your shots, so herethe best way to avoid it... Easy ways to stop flare ruining your shots. Use a lens hood. If your lens came with a hood, use it when shooting in bright conditions. Even on overcast days, bright light entering the lens can degrade the image and reduce clarity and contrast. You can buy a hood to fit most lenses, but ensure it s fitted correctly to avoid vignetting (darkening of corners).Banish lens flareShield the lens If the hood is ineffective, which will happen if the sun is just outside the edge of the frame, try shielding the lens using your hand or other prop, such as a piece of card. Use Live View to view 100% of the frame and ensure flare has been eliminated. Banish lens flareRescue in Photoshop Some lens flare can be cloned out easily in Photoshop, but an alternative technique to eliminate all the flare is to shield the lens with your hand without worrying about whether it appears in the picture. You can then clone or crop out the hand to reveal a flare-free, contrast-packed shot.

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