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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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X100 Rainbow glare on artificial light

I've been experiencing this issue on my Fujifilm x100, every artificial light has a strange blue / rainbow glare. It is the first time I notice something like this and I'm pretty sure it doesn't ...
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How can I get rid of extra halos from ceiling can lights?

How can I get rid of the extra halo beneath the light when taking a photo? I'm not seeing the effect with other types of light fixtures. Both reference photos are minutes apart using the same camera ...
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What is the cause of the "red ring" lens flare?

I've been studying lens flares and the various phenomena that occur alongside the reflected "ghosts" that are most commonly associated with them. Of particular interest are the red rings ...
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Is the artifact in this photo caused by lens flare?

I analyse a lot of online images, but I am not proficient with the ins and outs of lens flares. Literally know the basics. Is the object in the sky in this photo a flare due to the shining headlight?
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What are these strange lines that are visible at sunset?

I see those lines, you see on the picture, on my iPhone 7 jumping random on my display while taking pictures. It was sunset right in the sea in Zakynthos. I would like to know what that is.
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How to process 360 photos without creating seam?

I shoot 360 photos with a 360 camera that takes the entire scene with two wide-angle lenses that are stitched together to obtain 360 panoramas. I use Rawtherapee for post-processing and colour ...
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ND filters issue - washed out pictures

I have the following issue with my ND filters 100x100 square (K&F concept), I am using them with my Sony A7 and with several manual lenses: when I am using the ND1000 alone I do not have any issue,...
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Would you consider this lens (Samyang 8mm CS II) defective?

I purchased a new Samyang 8mm F3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II today. After I made my first shot with it I immediately noticed a flaw. At f/3.5 the flare of bright objects is shifted towards the bottom (and ...
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What is the cause of a dimmer image of a light source in a photo? [duplicate]

Why does an image of the panel appear to left side of the actual object when the picture is taken if the lamp in a switched on state?
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What's this problem with light in my photos called? [duplicate]

I take photos with my phone (a Galaxy S9) frequently and this problem seems to plague me every time I try taking photos indoors near a window during daytime. The light from the window which is above ...
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What is the difference between Diffraction Spikes and Lens Flare?

When Googling for lens flare, one often finds images that also include stars (rays / diffraction spikes), like this: What is the difference between diffraction spikes and lens flare and are the two ...
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What explains a lens flare "streak" on only one side of light source?

We know than an axial streak can be caused by a smudged lens that has been wiped in one direction. The following image shows both lens flare and a lens "streak." But what could explain the one-sided ...
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Which wide angle lens and camera combinations are considered to be particularly resistant to artifacts from street light sources?

I am looking to do a project which involves shooting night time scenes with lots of street lamps in the frame and would like to minimize flare, ghosts and halos ("sun stars" are expected unless they'...
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Can someone explain the strange dot on my pictures?

I recently observed a strange flares appearing on my pictures. Can someone please help me what it is? I use clean lens with UV filters The dot/flare is constant across all the lens I have. The ...
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Rainbow flare effect on Industar 50-2

I am reproducibly getting the kind of rainbow-streak flare seen in the attached image on my copy of the Industar 50-2 (a russian 50mm f3.5 tessar-ish M42 pancake). The pattern does rotate when ...
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Why I got all this little flares on this picture?

I was walking my dog at night and shot several photos, and only this one got many spherical flares on it, and I can't figure why it happened, since the photos I took immediately before and after this ...
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What are the underlying causes of artifacts seen with anamorphic lenses?

When a camera with an anamorphic lens shows some artifacts, they are usually either an oval bokeh (vertical) or a lens-flare steak (horizontal). How much of these artifacts are due to the "anamorphic ...
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What is "veiling glare"? How does it affect my photos, and how can I avoid it?

Someone mentioned that "veiling glare" or "veiling flare" was to blame for reduced contrast in a photo. What does this mean exactly? What causes veiling glare, and how can it be avoided? How does it ...
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Why is the aperture of this old lens showing as centered blue glare?

I just bought a old Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens together with two old Minolta SLRs to get into film photography. Before using actual film I adapted it to my Canon 600D (using a no-name MD-...
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How did I get I this flare in my photo with the sun in the frame shot with my phone camera?

What caused the square flare above sun? I've read everything I could get my hands on about flare and different types. I have three diffrent photos of the same flare and I'm just looking for a reason ...
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How can I make sun flare less distracting in post-processing?

I took a photo against the sun and got some nasty orange artifacts: Going black & white makes it less annoying, but I don't like the overall image. Are there any other post-processing techniques ...
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How can I take a picture of a Christmas tree without lens flare around the Christmas lights?

I'm trying to take a photo of the Christmas tree in the dark, so that the Christmas lights are the only source of light (or at least the only apparent source of light). I can get a nice short from a ...
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What does lens flare from a catadioptric (mirror) lens look like?

Can one get lens flare with a mirror lens? What does it look like?
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With the attached photo, is this just lens flare?

With the attached photo, is this just lens flare?
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What causes this bokeh / lens flare effect?

The scene that I was shooting looks like that: I intentionally defocused and got that: The camera is a mid range Canon DSLR with a 100 mm prime lens and both pictures were taken from a tripod at a ...
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How can I get prevent ghost sun images when shooting with a solar filter?

I am getting ready to shoot the upcoming solar eclipse. During my practice runs, I am getting either single or multiple reflections of the sun. Using Star Adventurer tracking mount, Canon 500D with an ...
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What exactly is the cause for the diffusion of bright objects in these image?

What exactly is the cause for the diffusion of LED chips in the image below? We can see clearly the LED chips in the image. However, between LED chips, the background is not dark but there are some ...
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How to avoid light flares in long exposure night shots

I keep viewing other photographers night shots and see that they're very clear shots, when I shoot even with the same settings, my shots aren't so clear.. here's example: Question is: How to avoid ...
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What exactly is this light artifact/flare?

I have an old SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7 that I like to use with an adapter on my APS-C camera for portraits. It looks great, even though it has somewhat heavy CAs at f/1,7. On some backlit portraits, I ...
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Which lens coatings reduce internal reflection?

I've used the Pentax Super Takumar 50 f1.4 and love the lens but notices that in certain lightning situations I get a yellow blur in the shape of the a lens blade. Using my hand I can sometimes stop ...
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Lens hood confusion [duplicate]

I am travelling to costa rica for a week and have a question about lens hoods. I have a canon t5 dslr. I have a f/1.8 prime lens a 18-55 lens that came with the camera and a 300 mm lens. Should I buy ...
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What causes lens flare along specific axes?

When photographing bright objects, what causes lens flare along specific axes? First two images captured from Reds Rhetoric & Vincent Jones's video, last from SpaceX's feed. In reflecting ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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: F/...
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