Lens flare creating filter, with 3D printed parts!

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in this project i want to show you how you can build yourself a "Lens-Flare-Filter" for your DSLR or Digitalcamera! With the filter you can easy create a cinnematic look on your pictures and Videos, wthout spending much money on expensive programs! We will use a few 3D printed parts, theese can be replaced with parts created in a cnc mill or by selfmade parts, but i will present you the 3D printed version i made.

So lets get started! :)

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Step 1: Parts and tools!

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Because of the 3D printing we need only one extra part. Total costs about: 3$


A filter in the size of your lens, mine is 58mm

example: http://tinyurl.com/lyyubv3

A few 3D printing parts (later in this project)


A screwdriver

A 3D printer



Thats it, no more parts/tools needed :)

Step 2: The Case!

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Now we need to make the case of the filter. The easiest way and the way we will do it is, to get a case of another filter which we dont need, or which is useless. Now it is importand, that we get a case, what is openable. You can see that is it openable if it has 2 small notches on it frontside. Otherwise it may is glued, what means it is not useable for us.

Remember to get a case what fit onto your lens!

Step 3: Open Case

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Now he have to open our filter case, for this we use a small screwdriver.Put him into a notch and try to turn it left! Pay attention, we dont want to break the case...

If it doesnt work try the other notch!

After one or two turns it should be openable by hands, try that, it is much more easier!

Step 4: Remove the old filter!

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After we opened it we have to remove the old filter. normally it should fall out when you turn it, if not, just pop it out! As we dont need the old filter anymore, you can destroy it. We only need the case.

Great job

Jan_Henrik (author)  3D Printing Forum1 year ago

Thank you! :)

cyberdove1 year ago

It would have helped if you explained what a flare is and shown several examples. All I see is a bright light.

Jan_Henrik (author)  cyberdove1 year ago

Sorry, I will add a explanation :)

You did a nice job, but you could have got the same effect just by scratching a few marks in the glass of the original filters. No need for a 3D printer, just a pen knife.

Jan_Henrik (author)  NightHawkInLight1 year ago

I printed it beacuse i wanted to try it with different sizes... The tricks with the original filter and the scratch or with a fishing line are awesome, but i wanted to try something new... :P

And by the way you are a awesome youtuber! I love youre videos!

I have no idea whats going on. Is the goal to create a glowing white spot in the photo??? Could I see more images of this effect?

Jan_Henrik (author)  william13701 year ago

It adds lens flares :)

phreec1 year ago


i am not a photographer, but i came to see this because i was curious about the pic in my email newsletter...that filter across the lens made no sense to me, lol!! i particularly appreciate that at the end, you explained what this particular item is used for, and what effect will result...so many submitters just assume that the people reading the instructables are already knowledgeable, and forget those of us who -need- the clues, lol!!



Jan_Henrik (author)  phreec1 year ago

Thank you for reading it! :) :)

I guess you could achieve the exact same effect just by wrapping an elastic band around the camera and across the front of the lens?

Jan_Henrik (author)  TheArduinoGuy1 year ago

maybe, but a filter is much more pro looking ;)