How to Make Your Own 'Flare Ring' Lens Hack

It's important in photography to stay creative, and this simple DIY lens hack from Pye Jirsa does just that. Learn how to create a "flare ring" of your own in just a few minutes.

In this video, Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge, shows us that by wrapping up a necklace and lighting it just right, you can create a glowing "flare ring" around your portrait subjects to make them really stand out. In just a couple of minutes, you can go from dull, standard portrait photographs to bokeh-booming images. And the great thing is you don't have to spend a dime. The materials are probably already there at home, staring you in the face.

The DIY flare ring, perfectly backlit by an off-camera flashgun, makes for a creative portrait. Image by Pye Jirsa |

The trick to this shot is in the lighting. You must face your model away from the sun, so you're shooting towards it, to create a glowing flare like Pye captures. But if you don't have sunlight when you want to shoot, no problem. Grab your flashgun and set it up behind your model for consistent backlighting.

On cloudy days you can use a flashgun to light your portraits to make the flare ring really sing. Image by Pye Jirsa |

You could take this further by adding gels for a pop of color, or even try two flashguns with different color gels on each (blue and red work magically together). Be sure to give this a go, and let us know how you get on by sharing your images in the comments section down below.

Images used with permission by Pye Jirsa.

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Jason is an internationally award-winning photographer with more than 10 years of experience. A qualified teacher and Master’s graduate, he has been widely published in both print and online. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014.

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