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Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio by Lindsay Adler

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Challenge 42. Add Lens Flare in Photoshop

Description

Lens flare creates a romantic and dreamy mood, but not every scene or lighting condition makes lens flare possible. Perhaps you envision a beautiful portrait late in the day, with the sun setting and lens flare wrapping around the scene. Sounds good—unless it’s a cloudy day. In this challenge, you will add lens flare after the fact. I’ve seen dozens of commercials and advertisements in which the lens flare was clearly added in Photoshop. You too can create this effect!

Inspiration

Sarah Louise Johnson frequently uses overlays and lens flare effects in her images, both in camera and in Photoshop. In her “Visionaries” and “Kleidascope” (that’s how she spells it!) editorials, you can clearly ...

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