Shooting into the light adds drama to an image but often causes flare. A flare dodger is a simple to make and use tool which can cancel out the effects of flare but you do have to make two exposures.
I have two dodgers, one made from a cut down tea-spoon and the other from a length of wire and some Shumi. I keep one in the Fuji bag and one in the Canon bag so I am never without one. What you are looking to create is a solid disc to place between the sun and your lens so that the image is not affected by flare. Hold the disc just in front of the lens and use the cameras live-view screen to make sure it is positioned correctly.
Do Not look through the viewfinder if you are shooting into the sun; you can permanently damage your eyes.
The disc and the stick it is on will of course appear on the image so you take another picture without the dodger and blend in the sun and sky from the second shot with the rest of image one. Hey presto – no flare and a perfect image!
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