New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

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I love sun flare shots and am wanting to learn some tricks and techniques. I don't love this picture. How could I improve it? Thanks!
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • f/2.8
  • 70mm
  • 1/180
  • 100

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Hi Niki! I think there’s a lot to love about this picture, so I have to ask, which particular things don’t you like about it?

    I will say this, as a general critique on getting flare shots that work: This type of flare that you have here is gorgeous, and exactly the type of flare that works well in beautiful warm sunlit portraits. The two things to always consider, however, are the exposure brightness, and the pose.  When the flare is getting particularly hazy, it’s more difficult to have a pose and exposure that are more of a silhouette, and/or with the subject or subjects looking at the camera.

    So, what I’d recommend would be to choose between these two options: If you want the pose of the female subject looking at the camera, then try just a bit brighter exposure, and embrace the flare haze that is happening. Oppositely, if you think this flare haze is just too strong for a shot where the subject is looking at the camera, then change the pose and have them looking at each other instead.

    In general, you can change how much flare is affecting the shot by putting the sun off-center, and just playing with the exact angle that the sun hits the lens, or even holding your hand up to block at least some part of the sun.

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  2. Niki Roberts

    Thank you for your suggestions Matthew. I’ll play around with it a bit. I love sun flares so much, I need to practice to see the effect of different angles, poses, and expressions…

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