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Flare is unwanted light reflecting within a lens or camera that reduces contrast and creates bright streaks or patterns on the image.

Related Terms

Streaks or halos appearing around bright areas of an image that are caused by gross overexposure to the CCD. It's like an electronic equivalent of flare.
Transparent coated on lens elements that helps reduce reflections and flare to improve image contrast.
Rubber or metal hood that fits on the front of a lens to shield light from hitting the edges of the lens and causing flare.