How are you dear fellow photography players? How are you doing? New year, new challenge! There’s nothing cooler than starting the year with the drive to keep on learning, improving and practicing our photographic skills!

And in light of the awesome possibilities that the new year brings, what better topic to start our first challenge of the year with, than flare photography? Flare is what happens when the light hits the lense (or other things like clouds or trees). Have you ever seen those light lines that cross a picture sometimes? Maybe you’ve seen little (or big) light bubbles that remind you of soap bubbles? That’s what flare is all about and what you’re going to play with. 

In theory, you’d avoid flare, but to be honest I LOVE it and it can always be the perfect touch to make your picture pop if you know how to use it to your advantage. So, this challenge is focussed on snapping pictures that show flare in an artistic way, where it helps the image, instead of making it worse. Tip: Try to shoot during the golden hours to practice this type of effect, as the sun is low and there’s a tendency for this to happen, whether you like it or not.

So open your eyes wide and see what you can shoot! Take some friends, maybe go hiking, or take a little stroll downtown… whatever you can think of! The challenge is to get as creative as you can! The sky is the limit! You’ll have until the end of January to submit your pictures.

If you need a little bit of inspiration you can visit the Pinterest board I have created for the occasion 😉  It’s a new feature on this Photoplaygrounds, but I thought it might be useful! Let me know what you think!

What do you think about it? Are you gonna give it a try? I can’t wait to see your pictures!! Remember to post them on Instagram under the #PhotoPlayground21 hashtag or share it on my Facebook page on the comments of the post! See you there, and remember that I will be featuring the ones I like the most here!

Let’s go have some fun!

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