Add a Lens Flare to Your Photo
When I went on a photo shoot with surfer Shawn Tracht, I captured some great images. But one of them needed a little something extra. Here’s how I added a lens flare to step up the drama.
I began with basic adjustments in Adobe Lightroom for mobile. (It’s a free app that runs on iOs and Android tablets and phones.) I adjusted highlights, opened up the shadows, and added vibrance to emphasize the reflections in the surf. I also adjusted clarity—not increasing it, as you might expect, but decreasing it to add a nice haze along the horizon.
Next, I exported a copy of the adjusted image to Adobe Photoshop Mix, another free app for iOS and Android. It’s a great tool for adding layers and effects. I duplicated the image and then painted with light on the new layer to increase the photo’s impact.
For that final dramatic touch, I brought in a lens flare image from Adobe Stock. Photoshop Mix makes it easy to convincingly blend photos together, even when they’re different color casts.
To follow along step-by-step, watch my video tutorial below.