How to Avoid Making Your Lens Flares Look Like Total Garbage

Lens flares look awesome—until they don’t.

I think it was J.J. Abrams who once eloquently said, “Lens flares! Lens flares! Daddy wants pretty lens flares!” It’s true, lens flares are pretty, or rather, they can be. There are many ways to misuse these brilliant little specters, whether by slapping a basic Lens Flare effect on your clip or by machine gunning the real deal into your film, but in this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you a few ways you can add lens flares to your work that are both beautiful and motivated. Check it out below:

Believe me, I get the appeal of lens flares. It’s a fast and easy way to add instant style to a shot, not unlike the Dutch angle, but like the Dutch angle, there are some things to consider before you go hog wild.

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BRUCE DAVIS

My interest in all things technical started at age 5 years old. I’ve since been fascinated with problem-solving of all kinds. These days I curate blog posts for our audience.

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