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IOTD: Yuri’s Light: Using Cinematic Flare to Create Mood August 29, 2008

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“View from below of couple kissing”
Contributor: Yuri Arcurs

Why we like it: Today we’re highlighting several images – this time from one of the world’s top microstock shooters – Yuri Arcurs. In just a few years Yuri has become a true celebrity in the microstock world and his reknown has stretched into the professional photography community beyond. Yuri is a contributor we’re really glad to have on board!

Yuri’s images are almost always technically brilliant modern stock shots. Great lighting and exposure combined with the excellent post-processing that lends his work a distinctive edge.

While browsing through his portfolio recently, I started to notice several good examples of what I’d call “cinematic flare”. Instead of a potentially distracting technical flaw, lens flare and light bleed in these shots help create an evocative mood that is truly cinematic in nature.

The light spillover in these shots reminds me of scenes with flare effects from some of my favorite films and directors: Many scenes in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love” have flirting sparks of blue-tinged flare.  The scene where Elliott Gould’s Marlowe descends in the elevator just before the opening credits of Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” has a truly spectacular moment of flare – I am not sure if this is an accident or not – but it is an amazing moment.

Here are a few more images from Yuri Arcurs with cinematic-style flare:

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“Friends enjoying cocktails”
Contributor: Yuri Arcurs


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“Rocking the night away”
Contributor: Yuri Arcurs

Be sure to check out the rest of Yuri’s portfolio.

How do you use lens flare? Why not share your tips in the comments!

( IOTD will take the day off on Monday the 1st for the Labor Day holiday. See you on Tuesday! )

– Brian



1. studiophototrope - August 30, 2008

Yuri’s lens flare certainly adds a nice dimension to stock photography images. Good work.

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