My first question. In several wedding photos the groom's black suit has red blotches on it in the photos. The shots were taken with a Canon 6D with a 70 - 200mm lens at 120mm, ISO 250, 1/400 sec., f/2.8. See photo below for an example. There is a very bright area next to the suit in the set of photos. Thanks for any suggestions. Red blotches on suit All pictures in the set were taken with the same lens.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It sure seems like reflections, but they are rather uncommon in form and distribution. I have never seen anything like it before (I have a 6D and more then 35000 shots with it). Is the lens ultra-dirty maybe? - are all the shots with that issue with the same lens, and do other lenses not have any cases? \$\endgroup\$
    – Aganju
    Apr 3, 2016 at 22:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you post an uncropped version of the image as well? With lens ghosting, often there is something interesting going on diagonally opposite across the image from the ghosts. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Apr 3, 2016 at 22:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Seems like lens flare or flare from dirt on a filter. Since the hot is directly into the sun, the strong backlighting exacerbates the issue. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 3, 2016 at 22:30

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The "red blotches" are lens flare. If you want to reduce the incidence of lens flare, using a lens hood will help.


It's a reflection from the water and it's making a ghosting effect. Mostly cheap filters do that but sometimes even expensive too.

To fix this problem open the photoshop, select the area with lasso tool, create a layer of hue/saturation (select red color) push the saturation down.

Good luck

  • \$\begingroup\$ I shall try that in Photoshop to fix them. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Canadaloon
    Apr 4, 2016 at 13:38

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