Do it with flare

Jason Par­nell-Brookes re­veals how to use lens flare to your ad­van­tage to cre­ate at­mo­spheric, sum­mery scenes

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Use lens flare cre­atively to bring a sum­mery feel to your por­traits

Usu­ally pho­tog­ra­phers work hard to avoid lens flare. It can be dis­tract­ing, caus­ing me­ter­ing is­sues and in­tro­duc­ing spec­u­lar high­lights. Some­times, how­ever, you can take ad­van­tage of it.

For this tech­nique to work, the sun needs to be near the edges of the frame, so check the forecast be­fore you head out, and shoot early or late in the day when the sun is close to the hori­zon. Po­si­tion your model be­tween the cam­era and the sun; the low sun will back­light the sub­ject and give you some great flare. Don’t look di­rectly at the sun through the viewfinder, though; if you’re con­cerned about this, use Live View to com­pose your shot.

Most man­u­als tell you to “keep your lens free from dust” – well, break the rules this time! Specks of dust on your lens or fil­ter will light up and cre­ate in­ter­est­ing tex­tures. Just take care when tak­ing any dust off, par­tic­u­larly if it’s on the front el­e­ment of your lens rather than a fil­ter. Fi­nally, don’t just stick to one po­si­tion – move around to change the per­spec­tive. Just be sure to keep your model be­tween your­self and the sun.

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