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Flare can add a won­der­ful touch to por­traits, cre­at­ing ethe­real moods in other­wise-plain set­tings. It’s of­ten best achieved by shoot­ing di­rectly to­wards the sun. Your scene is washed with low-con­trast light that con­tains bright sec­tions where the light is most in­tense. Sun­rise or sun­set is usu­ally the eas­i­est time to shoot a flared por­trait, as the sun hangs low in the sky.

But you don’t have to wait for bright sun­sets to get flare in your images. By bounc­ing sun­light from the sky back into the lens you can in­tro­duce cool flare ef­fects at al­most any time of day. You can even get this ef­fect on over­cast days or in­doors as it doesn’t rely on the sun as a di­rect light source.

We’re go­ing to use a stan­dard com­pact disc to bounce the light, but don’t worry if you don’t have a CD of your favourite tunes to hand, the Video Disc at­tached to the front of this very mag­a­zine is per­fect for the job…

The mis­sion ● Use a CD to bounce flare into a por­trait Time ● 10 min­utes Skill level ● Be­gin­ner ● In­ter­me­di­ate ● Ad­vanced Kit needed ● 50mm or longer lens ● Old CD or DVD

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