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Old Apr 11, 2010, 5:26 PM   #1
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i have been trying to take a photo of a couple with the sun right between there heads but i keep getting the dreaded sun flare causing those spots.while colorful they are not desired.how do you shoot something into the sun and not get the flares?
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i have been trying to take a photo of a couple with the sun right between there heads but i keep getting the dreaded sun flare causing those spots.while colorful they are not desired.how do you shoot something into the sun and not get the flares?
I normally use a lens hood for that.
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Lens hood won't help enough in near direct in lens sun light. I usually move my hand slightly over the lens and move it till it blocks out the light. Or try a mini scrim.
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i used a lens hood.i layed on the ground shooting up with the sun between there heads. i just thought it would be a cool shot but i can't get it right.
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i used a lens hood.i layed on the ground shooting up with the sun between there heads. ...
I presume then that this is while the sun is still high in the sky. There's just too much light for that. You can try it later, perhaps at sunset, but you'll probably still have to deal with flare. Try it with a light source that's less bright (a street lamp at night, or something like that.)
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Don't shoot directly into the sun. For the kind of shot you want, you may be able to do it if you get enough of an angle to the light source. You will probably need to reposition your models somewhat, though, so they are not directly side-by-side, but offset at whatever angle you are shooting at. Depends a lot on your lens, as to how much of an angle you need to use. Also, in this situation, if you try to expose to show more than silhouettes of your subjects, the sun will be too overexposed, and this contibutes to flare.

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BTW, pointing your camera directly at the Sun can damage it.
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