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Sun Flare……Good or Bad??~Santa Cruz Portrait Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I was out shooting some headshots for my niece. She lives in the cutest little beach neighborhood and we “borrowed” a few of the neighbors porches and yards for some great photo opportunities. I’m sure they didn’t mind!

It was a bright sunny day and while we shot mostly in whatever shade we could find, I did take this one shot with the sun directly behind her.

Sun flare is a phenomenon where direct sunlight comes into contact with the many pieces of glass in your lens, and then creates mostly unwanted flares and reflections in your photographs. The way to avoid sun flare is to use your lens’s hood, or simply place your hand in front and to the side of the lens, thus blocking the direct rays of the sun from coming into contact with your lens surface.

Sunflare often causes an unwanted haze onto your photo and often a photo can not be salvaged. Other times, a levels adjustment and a little bit of luck can make a photo with sunflare something fun! For example, a photo of a couple walking hand in hand in an open field with some sun flare can provide for a very romantice looking finished product. Being that there wasn’t anything too romantic about this photo (but I still liked it) I decided to pop the colors and play up the sunflare! I was pretty fortunate that the haze seems to have missed her face completely and it is in focus and exposed properly.

So, what do you think? Is sunflare good or bad??

  • Jeannette Chirinos G - August 22, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    I think this sunflare is great, nice to give it a tryReplyCancel

  • Tyjuana Hill-Smith - August 22, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Your niece is beautiful…I’m really liking the sunflare!ReplyCancel

  • Gillian - August 22, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    Well, you know my take – I love sunflare in any way shape and form! And certainly dig this shot! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Clegg - August 22, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Dig it! Cute girl too!ReplyCancel

  • ~Jen~ - August 23, 2009 - 7:54 am

    I always love sunflare, and this one looks fab!ReplyCancel

  • Kendyll - August 23, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Dont know a thing about sunflare but Heather is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha - August 24, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Schuchman - August 26, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    I like it!ReplyCancel

  • evie - August 28, 2009 - 3:43 am

    evie says sun flare good. very good. LOL Seriously though, I love sunflare and haze!ReplyCancel

  • Manuella - August 29, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Sunflare=GOOD!! I love sunflare, and I love this shot, very nice.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 30, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    beautiful shot!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Lund - September 8, 2009 - 4:11 am

    Beautiful girl…and lovely pose!ReplyCancel

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