The formula for getting a star burst effect in your photography

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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 bust 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.

However, capturing / creating the star burst effect in the night is a little difficult as compared to creating it during the day time. Simply because of one reason. The lack of lighting. When you do not have sufficient light to work with, you need a longer shutter speed to send sufficient light to your camera sensors and for that you need to keep your shutter open for a longer time.

Here's the formula to get star burst effect in your photography.

1. Use a tripod or any other material that can work as a steady surface for your camera.

2. Make use of 'Manual' mode on your camera. The manual mode allows you to control exposure & aperture settings. Playing around with these settings will help you create a star burst effect.

3. Set ISO to 100. ISO measures digital camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. The lower the number the lower the sensitivity.

4. The ideal aperture to create star busrt is f/16 and above. If you want an exaggerated star burst effect, try f/22 aperture.

5. Should the longest shutter speed on your camera. Ideally 20 seconds. Don't worry, if you are using a tripod, you can capture the star burst effect beautifully. However, if you are hand holding the camera, you may find it difficult to hold it still for such a long time. That's why the first thing we said was using a tripod or any other stable surface to place your camera.

6. Compose and focus the picture.

7. Press the shutter button or if possible use a remote release to make sure you don't disturb camera placement.

8. Don't make any changes to the settings until you are sure that you've captured the shots. To be on safer side. Click multiple shots or use the timer to make sure your camera is still when you press the shutter button. Wait until the picture is recorded.

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