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Lisa  M. McGinnis
 

how to get rid of a lens flare


 
  lens flare disaster 1
lens flare disaster 1
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lens flare 2
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please refer to lens flare ques already posted
here are some samples of the disaster!


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9/30/2007 11:08:00 PM

 
Bernard    use a lens hood.


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9/30/2007 11:42:24 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  In addition to the lens hood, avoid using UV filter. It just creates more glass/air surfaces to exacerbate the flare. Also avoid such strong backlit compositions. If you have strong backlighting, carefully check the viewfinder - especially use the Depth of Field preview - to look for flare. Often a very slight change in the angle will put the sun far enough out of frame to eliminate the flare. Additionally, try using a simple prime lens (eg. EF 50 f/1.4 or f/1.8). A prime lens has far fewer lens elements than a zoom lens and will be less likely to get bad flare (though still possible).


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10/1/2007 10:43:14 AM

 
Andrea Klee   If you don't have a lens hood, or a long enough one, sometimes cupping your hand around the top and sides of the lens usually works to keep the light off of it.


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10/3/2007 7:04:01 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I totally agree with Jon...the 50mm 1.4 is awesome and I've gotten around lens flare by using it...didn't know why but now I do.


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10/4/2007 11:42:42 AM

 
Lisa  M. McGinnis   that helps alot but what I should have specified is now that its done with what are some good tips in editing in photoshop I know I can do it but i'm sure i'll go about it the long way and dont have time


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10/5/2007 9:00:13 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I had to deal with a couple photos like this a couple years ago. I use clone tool only if I have to. Using Healing Brush Tool with about 30% hardness is what I'd do then Brush Tool with Hardness, Opacity, Flow all set to about 20%. It's gonna take time but definately possible...


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10/6/2007 5:10:19 PM

 
Rudy G. Fleminger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/8/2007
  Hmm... this is a toughie... you're losing a lot of information there, and it's questionable what you can get back.

I've never dealt with anything like this specifically, but my first instinct on things like this is to "think opposite". You've got, for instance, a flat orange glare there, try adding a layer over top of it of the same shape (use the polygonal lasso tool or the polygon tools to draw it out) in the color's negative (a blue or cyan tint), then play with mixing modes and transparency amounts to see if you can negate the orangeness. Of course, you'll have some fringing around the edges, but you've got a start, now, using the actual visual information (not a clone) and you can recombine and clone the edge frays in as needed.


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10/8/2007 7:08:14 PM

 
Dreaded Critic   personally' I thing the photo looks good, be sure to send one to all the relatives.


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10/8/2007 10:46:12 PM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Ohhhhhh...if they're superstitious you could say they're Happy Spirits wishing the couple Good Luck...this works especially well on my daughters Filipino side of the family....!!!


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10/9/2007 12:13:52 AM

 
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