Use a Lens Flare filter to add drama
USING A LENS FLARE CREATIVELY is one of the oldest tricks in the book for videographers. Shooting with the sun creeping into a corner of the viewfinder, light is scattered inside the lens barrel, producing abstract patterns. This looks great on stills too, making them appear stylishly washed-out and hazy.
It’s easy to inject a lens flare into your pics if they don’t already have one, using the Lens Flare filter in Photoshop. We’ve got a few a tricks that’ll help you fine-tune the effect and get the flare looking exactly how you want it to.
Add a flare
Open your pic and go to Layer>New>Layer. Then hit D followed by X, for a black background colour, and hit Ctrl+Delete to fill the Layer with black. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare, click the Lens Type you like, set Brightness to 150% and click on the Lens Flare window to set the direction of the lens flare. Hit OK when you’re done to apply it to your shot.
Blend and resize
In the Layers panel, change the blending mode of the flare Layer to Screen. The lens flare will now be gently blended in, though you can soften its effect even more by reducing the Layer Opacity. To resize the flare, hit Ctrl+T to put it into Free Transform mode. Make sure Constrain Proportions is ticked in Elements, or hold the Shift key down in Photoshop as you pull the corner handles of the bounding box to resize. You can also drag it in to position. Hit Return when you’re done.