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I struggle with flare and have yet to figure it out. If it has flare in the raw other than the star burst effect, I consider it a lost image. I have worked on getting rid of secondary flare for days on a single image where I was careful in the taking and had multiple exposures to choose from or blend.
If you like them or accept them, nothing needs to be done. That part of the question is subjective in nature. For my taste, I prefer not to have more than the star effect at the light source.
At a recent David Meunch presentation, he said try to get the sun when it is at 1/16 or less exposed. Meaning 15/16 of the sun is still behind cover. I have not had a chance to try that yet.
I think filters hurt because they offer more surfaces for flare. I think the general wisdom is to stop down and keep the sun toward the middle of the image.
Edited on May 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM · View previous versions