I understand the basic way lens flares are created.... bright source shinning toward the lens causes internal reflections of elements or can cause a "flashing look" where everything is washed out. I have a couple questions about what the specifics though I have never been able to really nail down.
Difference between the "washed out" look and the "internal reflection colored flares" ....What causes each of these. Is a sharper point source create the reflections vs a softer light for the hazy washed out effect? does it have to with the angle of the light source?
Opening up a lens..... how do flare charectoristics change in general with aperature changes. does a wide open lens flare easier?
Playing around on set I generally get to a point I'm happy with when I need to flare up a lens in someway (usually just looking for a soft hazy look) but it always takes sometime and I have never been able to really nail down the causes of each effect.