Getting rid of glare in photos

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  1. Mullen

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    I have a Canon S3 IS and when I take photos that involve the sun, I usually end up with spots from glare in them. Is a polarizing lens what I'm looking for? If so, can someone recomend me one?
     
  2. astrostu

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    I think you're getting lens flares. Can you post a sample? If it's lens flares due to the brightness of the Sun, a polarizing filter isn't going to help. Just not shooting towards the Sun. You can try doing some sort of make-shift lens hood, but it's just a fact of optics.
     
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    Do you mean glare or lens flare? A filter won't remove this. This is a function of internal reflections inside the lens. Complex coatings and expensive lenses can reduce it but still only bring it down to acceptable levels and not eliminate it totally.
     
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    Do you mean glare or lens flare? A filter won't remove this. This is a function of internal reflections inside the lens. Complex coatings and expensive lenses can reduce it but still only bring it down to acceptable levels and not eliminate it totally.
     
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    Actually I do suppose I mean flare.. the purple and red spots in this photo:

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    That's lens flare. If you already have a lens hood on there really isn't much you can do to stop it short of a better quality lens, as better quality lenses will have a better coating.
     
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    Yup....or you can experiment with temporary lens hoods Ala DIY.
     
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    Ya I would experiment with lens hoods and try to shoot the sun at a different angle.
     
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    Actually, I was have the same tiff with my S3 a few months ago. I forgot exactly what I did, but a found a way to work around it with some pretty god results, at least comparatively.

    Next time the sun is out, I'll tinker around, try to find out exactly what things I changed, and get back to you... and hopefully not make any glareing mistakes this time when I try to insert a thumbnail!
     

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