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#1 Kendal Miller

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:29 PM

Ok I'm working on a project where I want to create some in camera flares and light effects. I have seen this done by using pieces of glass to reflect light into the lens, or putting glass close to the lens out of focus. What works? Any tips and tricks? What kind of materials, angle of light etc?
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#2 John David Miller

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

Ok I'm working on a project where I want to create some in camera flares and light effects. I have seen this done by using pieces of glass to reflect light into the lens, or putting glass close to the lens out of focus. What works? Any tips and tricks? What kind of materials, angle of light etc?


You can use just about anything to flare a lens. Just be careful with strong lasers and digital cameras. I have found the sun works best. You can get a flare from anything to a shiny floor to a wristwatch and in between. You can play around with different lenses to see which flares best for you. If you live in LA go to Panavision and ask to look at some older flare lenses. Adding filters or any optics will affect the flare.

If you want to use something to reflect into the lens try a 1' mirror. If that is too much break it and use smaller pieces. Velcro them to a board you can manipulate in a C-Stand. Use your imagination, this is the fun part.
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