I'm SO bummed at myself. I shot a family of 7 yesterday, with mainly pictures of the kids. With each of the kids I tried to do a variety of shots, but for some reason, with the oldest, I never pulled him into the shade for any of his shots. I got some crazy flare going on in every single picture I have of him, whereas his brothers and sisters have some nice backlighting ones (no flare either) AND some shady ones to choose from.
Anyone have any tips for me on how to save this a little more? I tried burning already, but can't really get it to look right. I've already added a TON of blacks and curves just to get rid of the haze near his face.
The flare is distracting for me in the first photo, but I think the second looks good. I like the second. My only suggestion would be to clone out the tree branch in the upper left corner.
I don't have any real suggestions about flare (I've had the same problem), though you might try editing his shirt a bit so that the ray of light doesn't make such a straight line across it.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
I'm with Janet here, I think. The flare in #1 is a bit distracting; but in #2 with the closer crop, I find my eye isn't as drawn to it. It's a great shot even with the flare, though.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
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I don't think the flare ruins either shot, but it does work better in #2 than in #1 (imho).
I'm no help for 'fixing' it, but I would love to see both in b&w as well as color.
I agree it doesn't ruin them (they are still beautiful) but it looks much better in #2 than in #1.
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