Tips for Tuesday : Niki Martins Photography

By: Focus On You Photography  09-12-2011
Keywords: Photography

Today I wanted to talke about a little artsy photography trick: Sun Spots or Sun Flare.  What is this? You may ask, well let me tell you.  Sun flare is when you are facing the sun (not directly…this can hurt your image sensor) and when you take the shot you have all of these beautiful dots of light.  I will admit, I am not sure why this is pleasing to the eye…but when done right, it creates a pattern of warm, soft light that brings interest to the photo.  Getting sun flare, is one of my favorite things to do when I am trying to be creative with my photography.

Here are a few tips I have learned when getting sun flare.

1. The evening or early morning are the best times to get the sun flare, as the sun is not as harsh.

2. Try to use a natural filter, such as a tree or the clouds, even a window.

3. Always shoot in RAW when doing sun flare shots, I find that 9 times out of 10 I need to fix the exposure a little after I take the shot.

4. Practice, practice, practice. 

Here are a few examples of mine:

As you can see, you can add sun flare to almost any situation.  It just adds an element of light that, to me, is stunning if done right.

So go out, have fun and be creative!

Lots of love,


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  For this week’s tip, I wanted to help you all get great pictures of the yummy food you will be eating…however, I do no profess to be a food photographer.  So, I found a great site for you to use as a guide to get great photos of your food!  Here is the link:

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

May all your food be flavored just right!

lots of love,


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