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Pertains to the visual artifacts resulting from lens flare, methods of creating such effects, or methods to avoid such effects.

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Why are some lens hoods petal shaped and others not?

I have one lens hood for a 28-105mm lens that is petal shaped. I have another lens hood for a 50mm lens that is fully round. If the purpose of the lens hood is to block stray light, then wouldn't ...
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How can you avoid/minimize lens flare when shooting into the sun?

When shooting outdoors in bright sunlight, and specially when shooting with the sun visible in the background, lens flare can affect the picture by reducing contrast and introducing artifacts. Are ...
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How can I take a sun backlight portrait like these examples?

How can I take a photo like the ones below? The problem is that my photos (taken with a bridge, Sony H2) will get blown up at the highlights. Is it because I'm using a weak camera? Is it because I'm ...
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What causes lens flare?

I heard a couple of years ago that only certain types of lens caused flare to appear, something related with the material and/or quality of the lens. Is this true? Which material/quality caused flare? ...
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Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?

I used a tripod and remote shutter release. ISO:1600, F/3.5, Exp 46". I expected the flare and halo, but the ghosted spheres surprised me. Can you tell me what caused this and how to adjusting my ...
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How can I avoid green flare on my sunrise photos?

I took a series of sunrise photos. Once the sun actually came above the horizon, the brighter the sun became the more apparent and brighter a green flare (glare?) appeared. How can I avoid that? ...
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What lens characteristics contribute to attractive lens flare?

Some lenses give really harsh and unwanted flares. Some gives beautiful flares that add depth to an image. What's the science behind this?
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How can I intentionally include lens flare in my photographs?

I usually try to avoid lens flare, usually by avoiding shooting directly into bright lights (or using other techniques to minimize it). However, sometimes I find a situation where lens flare actually ...
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How can I avoid a strange lens flare at bright lights when using UV filter?

I have a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the kit 20mm f/1.7 lens. I put a UV filter on it (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004ZCJE/ref=oss_product), simply as protection for the glass. I'm ...
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is it normal to get significant lens flare with a 50mm f/1.8 Canon prime lens?

I've purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. But I'm really disappointed in the results, especially when using it for night photography. :( In my night shots a lot of lens flare appears in my photos. ...
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How do I eliminate lens flare in my pictures?

I have taken a few pictures that show these circles, and I'm getting very annoyed at this problem. Seems most common on sunny days. This particular picture is not my own, but it is a good example of ...
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What causes these green dots in my image?

I just received a 35mm f/1.8 DX lens for my Nikon D50 for Christmas, and took some shots where the lights on the tree were the main source of illumination. Almost all of them exhibit very prominent ...
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Will polarizing filter or UV filter address those reflections?

I shot it in the old tenement house, against the light going through the window. I was able to avoid the reflections when shooting with a less of the window in the frame, but when trying to show more ...
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What is the strange wide, bright line across this photograph?

I shot this image on a GoPro camera in time lapse mode. It was at ISO 100, f/3.6, 1/950sec. I also happened to be moving the camera at very high speed during the shot. What is the ligher horizonal bar ...
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Can smudges and grease marks add to the problem of lens flare?

I want to know if smudges (finger prints etc) and grease marks in specific have any effect in increasing the lens flare. As those who wear glasses may already know about the problem of flares caused ...
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Is camera damage causing these severe diagonal lines from concentrated light sources?

Since a week or so, I have severe diagonal stripes around light-sources in my night-time photographs on my Canon Powershot A650. In the past, I had some (I guess due to Fraunhofer diffraction, see ...
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What is the cause for this diffused artifact around the sun?

Last weekend, I tried shooting a wide-angle shot of a sunrise on the beach: You'll notice that there is a haze/artifact around the sun in an otherwise cloudless sky. What causes this? How can I ...
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What creates this strange flare and how to prevent it?

I shot at a concert for the first time. The pictures were pretty good for the capability of my equipment, but on some shots, the light has a very strange flare. It isn't the usual rays, but some soft, ...
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How to avoid lens flare?

I often have slight reflections in my lens when the sun (or another bright source of light) is directly in front of my camera. As a result of this effect I had to change the composition of my picture! ...
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What is causing strange horizontal “flare” on all my photos regardless of lens and/or POV?

Suddenly on (almost) all photos I have a strange light band in the middle, regardless of lens and or angle on which I shoot the photos. The camera is an old Canon 1Ds Mk II and AFIAS the line of light ...
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How to get nice light streaks, or optical flares, in a photo

I've attached a picture I saw on England's Telegraph newspaper website. In the photo, nice linear streaks protrude from the streetlights. How is this effect achieved? I'd prefer a technique that ...
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What is this “rainbow” effect?

In the lower right in the picture above, there is a weird flare effect. I wonder what this is exactly. Is it simply lens flare, or could it come from my (not so expensive) UV filter? Also, any tips ...
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How much flare should I expect with a Hoya HMC Filter?

After I did some review comparison (especially this one) I bought a 67mm Hoya HMC filter. Then I took some comparison pictures. Do you think the flare is within the acceptable range?
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Is it normal for the Canon kit lens to exhibit lens flare even without a UV filter?

I recently bought a Canon 550D and have been experimenting with this for a week. I have been pretty satisfied with the quality, until I faced this lens flare problem. Notice the unwanted blue light ...
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Where does the strange purple/blue glow around the headlight wearing subject's front come from?

I've found that a few of my recent trip photos have this odd artifact/ghosting resulting in a blue/purple glow around the helmet(see below pic): I've found this question which i think relates to ...
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What influences the shape of a lens flare?

Most of the time the shape of the flare is close to a circle, but recently I saw a movie where the lens flare was elliptically shaped. The stills below, taken from the movie Die Hard, show the effect ...
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Why is there glow around lights in every photo shot with my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens?

One day after using my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens, I noticed that every photo has a huge amount of glow in the dark areas near any light area. I tested my other four lenses to figure out if ...
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Why does flare appear in photographs of sun or fire?

What is the new color that forms in the image when photographing a sun or similar things (see attachment with a rose glare)? Why and how it forms? Is it good for a image? How to increase or ...
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What causes this weird angled glowing blur around lights on my low light shots?

I've been trying to figure out why this is happening for a few weeks. When I take pictures, usually during evening times when the sun starts to set and the street lights come on, I see this weird ...
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How can you photograph backlit scenes without getting lens reflections/flare?

I've been doing a lot of late afternoon photography and the weather has been pretty clear so the sunset has been a large influence over the pictures I've been taking. One problem I've been having is ...
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What are these spots in my pictures?

Been getting these bubble type things, never happened before (Kit lens - 18-55|camera d3200
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Why do my photos have major flare on red clothing?

I have been shooting outdoors in heavy sun, people wearing red, and I am far away. I am getting so much flare on the red. I am using a lens hood. An other suggestions?
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What is causing the strange lighter circles in images taken with my Canon 15-85?

I took these pictures with my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens this morning: Would somebody please tell me that what is that white part in the lower right corner of the picture? EXIF info: ...
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How do you take a landscape photograph with “artistic” lens flare?

How do you shoot a landscape scene with an "artistic" lens flare? Something along the lines of this photo: I tried shooting at small apertures but I keep getting "washed out" or extremely large ...
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What is the blue circle in this moon image?

Using my Nikon D3200, I tried to capture an photo of the moon using the 18-55mm kit lens. I can see a faint blueish circle, even in my view finder, and also in the final picture. Is this lens flare ...
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Is the weird red and yellow patch near the center of my photo chromatic aberration?

I found this weird red and yellow thing in this shot taken using an EOS Rebel 1200D and the lens that came with it. It looks surprisingly good; how can I control and replicate these effects?
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How do anamorphic lenses produce lens flare “streaks”?

For example: What contributes to this streaking? Why doesn't spherical lenses have this effect? How is it used in photography?
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Sony RX100 M2 purple flare

This is a shot of the flare. The size can vary depending on the angle away from the sun. Also the darkness varies depending on exposure, slightly more exposure = darker purple
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Strange lens flare with compact camera (Canon IXUS 220HS)

I'm trying to make a start in photography so I decided to buy a compact camera, the Canon IXUS 220HS. It makes pretty nice photo's for a compact camera, but the only problem I had is the lens flares. ...
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What causes these streaked rays from light sources?

I recently bought an LG G4, whose camera can shoot in an auto and both manual mode (I can manually set the iso, aperture). I shoot 100% of the time in auto. It takes better than average photos at ...
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What is causing these red sphere flares?

These red spheres anomalies have only came up in my photos a couple of times while using my Fuji Finepix-S. The spheres seem to be evenly displaced on certain images forming 3 rows of 3. One other ...
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How well does the Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 resist flare?

Nowadays (among other projects) I'm shooting candle lights in churches (using mostly long exposures) using a Canon 17-40mm F4. (A small part of) The results are here. I'm thinking now to buy a Tokina ...
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Should addition of RGB values be used when adding lens flare to an image?

From the physical theory of lens flare, it is the image of the light source after many times of light reflection between the optical lens surfaces. So it would sound reasonable to add lens flare ...
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Why is there a secondary image of a light bulb in my image?

I have a few pictures of this anomaly, the fluorescent bulb has seemed to move into another location of the picture when took perfectly still photos. I used a Fuji Finepix-S. What could of caused ...
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What is this rainbow effect from?

I've seen this answer which has the same title but i'm not sure if its the same problem. A friend sent me this photo from their point and shoot camera: This is the original uncropped image its ...
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How to select everything Lens Flare filter has added to the image?

Now this question is purely post editing but adding lens flare is really common in photography so here goes, how to make a selection of the flare that was added by Lens Flare filter in Photoshop CC ...
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How to avoid circles of light in some images and get rid of them once they're there?

I'm getting circles of light in some of the images taken with my Canon Rebel 2Ti. I see from some explanations they are lens flare... and solution is to use a lens hood. I will try this approach. My ...
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Night pictures lights superimposed to a second location? [duplicate]

I have a DSLR and when I take photos at night or in low light I have noticed bright spots will be seen a second time somewhere else in the picture. Almost like a reflection within the picture itself. ...
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What creates a bright green orb “lens flare” with silver or metalic dots on it?

I am having a heck of a time finding anything on the internet that explains how and why a green orb with silver or metallic looking dots keeps appearing in my photos of the sky. I am taking these ...