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Glare on sun shots!

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  1. geofftelforduk

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    Hello there everyone! Just wondering if yous could offer a little piece of advice! Coming out of work last night there was a beautiful beam of sun over the lough so I took the 20D out of the bag for a wee shot!

    It came out reasonably well for shooting on Full Auto mode but there was an obviously flare from the direct light of the sun! I was wondering is there any setting that can be used to reduce this!!

    PS. I only got the 20D last week so dont be too hard on me!

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    without seeing the picture it hard to give an exact answer, but the usual cure for lens flare is a lens hood.
     
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    Mmm, I had a lens hood on! I am in work at the mo, but I will post an example of the pic this evening when I get home!

    Thanks
     
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    depending on where the sun is in relation to your camera you could try simply shielding the lens with your hand (easier said than done with a heavy lens attached though). It obviously won't work if the sun is within the frame but if it's off to the side, or above then it works a treat. I have a fold away shield/reflector doodah that I sometimes use.
     
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    Or you could try using a polarising lens filter, but it doesn't always work.

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    Well, I suppose I should have expected something to flare but the sun itself came out really well! Its like a 10 point star type effect!
     
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    Well guys! What do yous think of this!! You see what I mean about the lens flare?? ( I know the sun shouldnt be in the frame!!!!! :oops: )
     

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    It's hard to avoid shooting into a bright sun... and the shape is just the diaphragm that's used to stop down-open up the lens. I've fixed this sort of flare in PS it can take a while to get "right"... does anyone have a magic quick fix for sorting out flare in PS?
     
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    yep, looks like the 'petals' in the lens. The colour is down to the UV and anti-glare coatings on the lens. Is the 18-155mm kit lens, there has been rumblings about the amount of flare it produces?

    Also, be careful shooting directly into the sun without using ND filters, the sensor could be damaged by this. Not everyone agrees, I don't know for sure, but on an £800+ camera, why gamble?
     
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    imichael - thanks for the advice! It was shot on a Sigma 28 - 135mm aspherical macro lens!!
     
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