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How to Achieve Artistic Lens Flare

If your photos are looking a little boring and need something to spice them up, use this technique to add interest and drama to your subjects.


  • Step 1: Choose the right time of day Choose the right time of day so the subject of your photo is in the right position. Point the lens of your camera into the sun and position your subject facing you.
  • TIP: If your subject is a person, positioning them is easier, since they can move. Positioning is harder if you are shooting a building, landscape, or monument and you want to capture a certain side.
  • Step 2: Crouch down Crouch down so you are shooting up at the sun while adding interest to your subject. Make sure the flare will not cover your subject's primary features of interest.
  • Step 3: Set your camera to manual mode Set your camera to manual mode so you can choose the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Experiment with all three. Remember to keep the aperture at a large setting in order to blur the background, keeping the viewer's eye on the subject. A low ISO of about 200 should be sufficient due to the large amount of sunlight.
  • TIP: If you keep your camera on automatic mode you will end up with a silhouette of your subject.
  • Step 4: Take photos Take your photos, experimenting with different settings until you get the look you want.
  • FACT: Sharp introduced the first camera phone in Japan in 2000.

You Will Need

  • SLR camera
  • Sunny day
  • Subject

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