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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela

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14. Lens Flare

When light from the sun or any other light source directly strikes a camera’s lens, the result is lens flare. The key word here is directly. Most light bounces off a subject, entering the lens indirectly. Lens hoods help reduce light from directly hitting your camera’s light sensor. But I have had a long battle with lens flare in the early mornings or near sunset, which are notorious for both glare and lens flare.

Early in my career, I used to blame the time of day when all my photos turned out with huge circular halos of light all over my subjects. For this reason, I dreaded photo shoots that had to be taken during the late afternoon or early morning. Then I realized that if I was going to call myself a “professional photographer,” ...

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