Don't know what star burst effect is? A star burst effect is caused / created by light diffraction of light on your camera lens. Diffraction is defined as a slight bend in the light wave around the object. In the process the light waves spreads out and pass through small openings in between the aperture blades. Thus, causing a star burst effect. If we explain the science behind a star burst effect, It is created (caused) when the light meets an obstacle ( in this case the edge of the hole created by aperture) and bends in around it. There are various blades that control the aperture. These blades create a circular opening. In most of the cases it is not perfectly round, the slight angles between the blades funnel the light, that creates the star burst effect. Star burst effect can add an interesting element to your photograph. Sometimes, focusing on the nearest light in the scene may result a star burst effect. But, how do you ensure? If you have always wondered how to ensure to capture those cool star burst in your photos, read on. The tips listed below will help you turn out those star burst effects as sharp as possible. Creating the star burst effect on any kind of light source is pretty simple. You can create a star burst effect on sun, bulbs, candle lights, lamp posts, or any other light source. The star burst effect is all about your aperture. The higher your f-stop the better star burst effect you'll see. In a situation where you need to shoot at a narrow aperture like f/16 and above, you do not need any additional filters to create the effect. But, in a situation where you need to shoot at a wide aperture like f/8 and below, you will need to use a filter to create a star burst effect. The ideal aperture to create star burst is f/16 and above. If you want an exaggerated star burst effect, try f/22 aperture.
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