postheadericon How to Create Flares in Photographs

Have you ever seen those beautiful circles in the movies or photographs that create a fun and vibrant feeling to the scene? This article will explain how to create those with your digital camera.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

1 Take your subject outside where you can see the sun. It helps if it is earlier in the day or later in the day so that the sun is closer to the horizon rather than over your head.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

2 Position your subject in front of the sun so that you are on the opposite side of your subject from the sun.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

3 Meter your camera to expose for your subject while the sun is completely hidden behind your subject.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

4 Now comes the fun part. If you are using a digital SLR camera that can take a number of pictures per second then the most convenient method is to start taking pictures while the sun is completely hidden and then while moving to bring the sun peeking out from behind your subject you keep taking pictures. This way, you have a series of shots where it goes from the sun being completely hidden to a picture where the sun is way too bright. However, there should be on in there where there is just enough sun peeking from behind your subject that is will flare and create those circles that we all love. Sometimes you have to try this a few times until it comes out just right.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

5 If you don’t have an SLR, then the key is to get just a little bit of sun peeking from behind your subject to get those circles. However, you many not be able to see the circles on the back of your camera. So, you need to take several different pictures with varying degrees of sun exposure so you have options in post-production.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

6 Once you download these pictures to your computer for editing you will find that once you increase the contrast of the pictures that some will have those circles that give that vibrant feel to your photographs.

How to Create Flares in Photographs

7 The sun doesn’t have to be hidden behind your subject. It could be hidden by a clump of leaves in a tree. By hiding the sun farther away from the subject you can get a completely different look since the flare will be coming from a different place. Remember: you want the sun to be peeking from behind whatever you are hiding it with.

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