Lens Flare :@

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  1. AnthonyCorbo

    AnthonyCorbo TPF Noob!

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    I just recently discovered the good and bad of lens flare. I went out about 10 minutes ago and shot a couple of a sunset from my street. They look ok but there is a horrible green shadow/ ghost like figure apearing in almost every one and after a little researching it turns out i just experienced lens flare! Woohoo. Anyways first if any one can clarify my hypothesis and second how can you avoid it, i was quite sad with the flare. I guess i'll have to learn from my mistakes hopefully with your help.:thumbup:
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    ( The photo is completly original, feel free to edit it if possible to rid the lens flare).
     
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    yes, its lens flare, you prevent it in 2 ways... one is dont shoot directly into the sun, and the second is, use a Lens Hood

    heres a really quick fix of the pic for you
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    Were you using an filters on your lens?

    This is often caused by light reflecting off of glass, either filters or the elements in the lens...and bouncing back toward the camera. Lenses and good quality filters often have coatings to reduce this.

    In this case, it would be easy to get rid of it with the Photoshop clone tool...or something similar.
     
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    i was using an uv filter, and i dont have photoshop can something edit it for me please?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is possible to shoot into the sun without bad flare like this....and a lens hood will do nothing for you, if you are pointed at the sun anyway.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's one reason I don't use UV filters.
     
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    I thought uv filter was good... what is good to use and how did you take out the flare?
     
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    simple 5 second edit with the clone tool in photoshop
     
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    is there anything in paint.net able to do that?
     
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    not familar with paint.net but i think gimp (which is a free program) has a clone tool

    http://www.gimp.org/
     
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    I have gimp too, ok thanks alot for your time and help.:D
     
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    Most people only use UV filters for protection...in case you drop or smash your lens, it's cheaper to replace the filter than the whole lens. But unless you use a really good quality filter, it will hurt your image quality and cause problems like this.
     

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