Those annoying flares

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  1. SlimPaul

    SlimPaul TPF Noob!

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    Why do I get them and how to get rid of them?

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    With a very bright light source in the frame some lenses will always flare. Make sure your lens is clean (rear element too). Those spots are where the light sources are reflecting off glass surfaces in the lens, so less complicated lenses sometimes work better. Super zooms are very complicated. Regular zooms less so. Primes should give you the least trouble of all, but they flare too. Remove any filters. Fancier multi-coatings may help some so higher quality lenses are supposed to flare less, although my most expensive lenses are more flare prone than normal IMO.
     
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    Larger lens hood maybe...

    Or use a large chunk of cardboard to block the light from entering your lens...
     
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    Hard to do when your pointing straight into it. H
     
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    I'm at work and can't tell if the op posted a picture or not. Just going by what I read.
     
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    ok a couple things,
    first flairs are caused when light goes through the multiple lenses in a typical lense at an angle. ig you move the camera til you are exactly straight on with the light source the flairs will go away. may take some creativity with the composition but worth it.

    next if you are going to get serious about digital photography you need to get comfortable with a good photo manipulation program. if you aren't already used to Photoshop, I recommend GIMP which is free and as good. if used to Photoshop you can keep with it but every new one out will cost hundreds.

    finally this is the first time I've edited someones photo but I thought I'd show you what 10 minutes with GIMP can accomplish. it's not perfect but you get the idea. if you get into this use a copy of the photo incase you mess up, you can just throw it away and start over with another copy. anyway here it is:
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