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Ady Le Roux
The lighting flare trend
on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:39:39 am

Hi,

With all these music video using lighting flares in ambundance - (using anamorphic lenses I know!), I am wondering if there is a plugin or a technique which can make me get the same or similar result!???

Please see attached picture



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lightstreak.jpg


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Walter Soyka
Re: The lighting flare trend
on Aug 10, 2010 at 12:17:49 pm

[Ady Le Roux] "With all these music video using lighting flares in ambundance - (using anamorphic lenses I know!), I am wondering if there is a plugin or a technique which can make me get the same or similar result!???"

There's Optical Flares from Video Copilot, and Knoll Light Factory Pro from Red Giant Software.

Optical Flares is CS5-ready now; Knoll should have an update for CS5 out soon.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Dave LaRonde
Re: The lighting flare trend
on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:32:58 pm

Y'know, Walter, there's a certain irony to all this.

I recall when lens flares were a hallmark of a photographer who couldn't do the job properly. Over the years they've become a design element, like intentionally shaky images or distressed typefaces.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter Soyka
Re: The lighting flare trend
on Aug 10, 2010 at 3:11:15 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "Y'know, Walter, there's a certain irony to all this.

I recall when lens flares were a hallmark of a photographer who couldn't do the job properly. Over the years they've become a design element, like intentionally shaky images or distressed typefaces."


And lens vignetting. If I bought camera lens that vignetted like the trend, I'd want a refund! I think originally this started as an effort to make something look like it wasn't created digitally -- but it's gone way over the top, and clients are asking for it.

A very subtle lens flare can make a difference in selling a shot... and then there's the J.J. Abrams approach, which I ran across in another forum here on the COW:







Walter Soyka
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