iOS 15 automatically removes lens flare from photos

O flare (or lens flare) is an optical defect caused when light enters directly through the edges of the lens. This defect causes certain spots of light, some green spots and reflections in circular or hexagonal shapes. Despite being a defect, photographers began to take advantage of this imperfection in their favor, as a kind of effect. However, photography is better if there is no such flare. On iOS 15, automatically, the image will be cleaned of this imperfection.

This new feature already appeared in iOS 15 beta 4, but had gone unnoticed.


Apple fine-tune photography on iOS 15

When we use the iPhone to capture images against sunlight, sometimes this luminosity reflects on the device’s camera lens causing some smudges, or an intrusive green dot. These phenomena are called lens flare and it’s not possible to eliminate them without some post-production skill.

So that this “defect” is not a blur in the photograph, professional photographers started to use this imperfection to their advantage, turning this reflection into a kind of effect that they adjusted in the most convenient place.

In general, it is something that is present in the images and that is nonetheless intrusive.

iOS 15 will have automatic lens flare removal

After several days with beta 4 available, some users noticed that something had improved in this chapter. Holidays are always a great time to try out these photographic novelties.

iOS 15 will automatically remove lens flare when images are processed by the software.

A user of Reddit said he took a picture and noticed the flare, but when he went to see the saved image, the flare had disappeared. Therefore, between capturing and saving, the software acted to remove this defect in the image.

So I noticed something I haven’t seen reported anywhere else; as I was leaving the house, I took this photo and thought it was ruined, needing to be edited later due to lens flare (as I have done several times in previous photos with the iPhone 12 Pro as it is prone to lens flare) .

However, I got home and noticed that the lens flare automatically disappeared from the original photo, despite it being obviously there in the live shot, which means the automatic post-processing got smart enough to now remove the lens flare!

The example left safely illustrates how we can have images without the imperfection of the reflection in the camera lens:

It’s not known if it will be a “novelty” that Apple will be perfecting to present as a final feature of the Photography app, or if it will be just a test to experience the reaction of the “beta testers”.

In any case, it is always interesting for photography to be more faithful to what the eyes see without the defects that the material imposes on the final result.


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