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#1 Roger Alexander

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 02:01 PM

Flares are common in music videos. You always see the coming in and out of the frame during performance shots. I know the concept to achieve them is to have a light moving in and out around the edge of the lens to create the flare. I know the lens build also controls the look of the flare. I have tried recreating this with a flashlight a few times, its ok, but I don't get the big beautiful look that I'm used to seeing. I'm curious if there's a specific type of light that's best to use to create these edge flares or not? Any best practice tips in recreating would be great.

 

 

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#2 Miguel Angel

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 03:44 PM

A 125W pocket par is usually very handy for creating flares as it is a powerful and spotty light yet small enough for an electrician to hand hold it and move it around if desired. 

I use it all the time when I need to create flares.

 

https://www.bhphotov...et_Par_HMI.html

 

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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:09 AM

Big flashlight.

 

Can be a bit cyanotic.


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#4 Hal Long

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 04:23 PM

Glass has a lot to do with good flares, anamorphic being the most sought after example.   There are also streak filters that can be made pretty quickly or purchased/rented.   Moving lights work well and many low-draw DMX-controlled moving fixtures do this nicely.  


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#5 Darrell Ayer

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 07:05 PM

Also don't discount the use of diffusion filters on the lens.  Many of these soft flares are just halation from the filtration used.


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#6 David Schuurman

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 02:36 PM

Something that you shouldn't overlook if you want to get something similar to that soft flare within the frame of your screengrabs is haze. You haze up your scene and your lights in the scene will look awesome. Below is an example where we hazed the crap out of a scene and ended up with a look similar to what your screengrabs show.

 

http://imgur.com/a/FyxeR

 

We used 2 arrisun 5's and pointed them towards talent/camera.


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