UV filters, unscientific test

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Michael Fryd
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Re: It does flare.

Bing Chow wrote:

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Thanks for peaking my interest in testing for flare. I guess I didn't try hard enough the first time. Or likely it's unpredictable when it's going to happen.

Yes, it can be a challenge to predict when a filter is going to make a noticeable difference.

Of course, some people like flare.  JJ Abrams is said to have wanted lots of flare in his Star Trek reboot.  He purposely aimed lights into the camera, and he made the special effects team add flare to the CGI images.

Similarly, a polarizing filter can be used to decrease or increase reflections.  Depending on the scene, reflections may help, or hurt the image (for instance you may want to increase the reflections of clouds you see in a photo of a lake).

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