How do you get rid of sun spots?

floriflee

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I took some pictures last weekend where, at the time, I thought were turning out really well. Once I got home and looked at the enlarged version I noticed that some of my would-be faves have sun spots on them. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of said spots? I'm posting examples of what I'm dealing with (the spot annoyance occurs in varying degrees).
 

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HckySo

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There are ways to avoid this problem while shooting but at this point after it's all said and done the best you can do is maybe make it black and white?(if you don't have a lot of photoshop skill)
 

floriflee

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Bummer. I'm very much an amateur when it comes to photoshopping. So how do you recommend avoiding this in the future? It probably doesn't matter, but I'm using a Pentax K100D with a UV Filter.
 

LethalWolfe

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Tutorial on removing lens flare using Photoshop, but your photos are a bit more complicated since the flare is on the face. The Healing/clone tool plus a lot of elbow grease is probably your best bet. Lens flare is caused by shooting into bright lights. Using a lens hood will help reduce, but not eliminate, the problem.


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MacUserSince87

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Bummer. I'm very much an amateur when it comes to photoshopping. So how do you recommend avoiding this in the future? It probably doesn't matter, but I'm using a Pentax K100D with a UV Filter.
What you are seeing are the internal reflections from the aperture opening reflected off the internal elements of the lens caused by the direct rays of the sun hitting the inside of the lens barrel and aperture leaves when they close during the capture of the image. To avoid them:

1) Use a lens shade on the lens -- always a good idea.

2) Avoid pointing the camera up towards the sun when it is directly behind the subject. Keep the camera slightly above the subject pointing down (a more flattering view of the face that way too).

They can be removed in some cases in Photoshop with cloning, but not easily when they fall over areas with detail like eyes.

Chuck Gardner
Photo and Lighting Tutorials: http://super.nova.org/DPR/
 

M@lew

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In the future:

1) Get a lens hood. This will help reduce flare as said.

2) If you are shooting into the sun or close to it, remove your UV filter. These increase the flare produced.
 

Digital Skunk

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Best way to reduce lens flare...

(1) As said before... lens hood
(2) Don't shoot into the sun if possible
(3) Hold hand above lens but not in shot
(4) Don't shoot into the sun
(5) Get someone to hold something over lens
(6) Don't shoot into the sun
 

floriflee

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LOL.... Okay... so don't shoot into the sun and get a hood. Got it. Thanks for all the info, folks!

I was trying to shoot at that particular angle because I particularly liked the background and shooting down wouldn't have gotten it. Oh, well. Lesson learned.
 

MacUserSince87

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LOL.... Okay... so don't shoot into the sun and get a hood. Got it. Thanks for all the info, folks!

I was trying to shoot at that particular angle because I particularly liked the background and shooting down wouldn't have gotten it. Oh, well. Lesson learned.
Oh you must be referring to the building sticking out the kids head like the antenna from some 1930's depiction of an alien in the first shot? In that case what do a few sun spots matter:)
 

floriflee

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The actual building itself is a pretty one. I obviously couldn't get the right angle or lighting with both her and it in it to capture that. What can I say? I'm very much an amateur/beginner. :shrug: We got the camera for the hubby, but recently I've tried taking a stab at figuring it out, and trying to see what works. It'll come eventually...maybe.... :) I may try to do a couple camera/photo clubs with him to see if I can actually pick up a thing or two.
 

The General

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OH. Okay, I was trying to figure out which city had 4 weird looking chrysler buildings. I didn't think it could be one building.

Thanks

EDIT: Yeah, mormon temples get pretty fancy. I saw one in St. George Utah. :eek: :eek: