How to master the starburst effect

One of the most interesting photography effects is the starburst effect. An essential part of achieving the starburst effect is the sun. You’ll need to photograph the sun directly to achieve this effect. The effect occurs when the lens is aimed directly at the light source from the sun. This then results in a star shape formed with lights around the shape rather than a single bright spot. Although it may sound easy to achieve the starburst effect, there are a few things you’ll need to know to master this skill.  

Let’s get right to the settings. Make sure your aperture relatively thin otherwise you will never achieve the starburst effect with a large aperture. The aperture diaphragm looks like a complete circle when it’s at its widest setting. Using thinner aperture settings will help form polygon shape, 
which is essential for achieving this particular effect. Ensure the aperture setting is now bigger than f/11. You may lower your aperture to suit the environment. The setting will depend on how strong the sun is, as well.  

In some situations, you may find the sun is too bright in your images. Don’t worry. If this happens as you can reduce the brightness simply by using a lens flare. It’s done by slightly blocking the sun. This small technique is ideal when it comes to working around harsh sunlight. 

If you are still struggling to achieve the starburst effect, you may want to consider attending a practical photography class. Professional tutors would be able to explain and tell you exactly which part you need to improve. There are also many online tutorials and online photography classes that 
you can try. Although online tutorials aren’t face-to-face, it is still possible to find an online tutor can provide detail and thorough course online. In some cases, they may also offer a one to one session with you.