Chapter 15. Lens Flaring and Veiling Glare

Unfortunately, no contemporary writing on lens flare can ignore the public conversation surrounding J.J. Abrams’ use of lens flares, most notably in his Star Trek films (2009, 2013). In fact, anyone searching for lens flare information online will, sadly, be flooded with Star Trek links. Personally, I think he gets a bad rap for a stylistic affectation that results from a variety of factors. Cinematic flaring is not a new thing, as can be seen by anamorphically shot science-fiction and fantasy films of the 1970s and 1980s (notably 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which I viewed again before writing this section and highly recommend).

On the other hand, classically trained cinematographers once ...

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