A STARBURST EFFECT – UDO KIESLICH
Here is a neat little tip for creating a “starburst effect” of any light source shining towards the camera. It´s as simple as using your smaller apertures such as f16 or f22 when shooting into the light which will give you a similar effect to using a starburst filter. If you would like to learn how to create starburst effects then why not consider joining our Advanced Photography Course?
Personally I prefer to use aperture priority and evaluative metering when doing this, as the camera tends to underexpose a little, which is exactly what you want. I then use the screen on the back of the camera as an exposure guide and if necessary use the exposure compensation button to force the camera to over or under expose as required.
One other useful hint when doing this – avoid looking directly into the sun, especially when using a long lens! I take no responsibility for any retinal scarring… Try and wear sunglasses as well when looking directly into any bright light source with a lens.
This is one of those times when live view does come in handy, but it´s often difficult to see what´s happening on the screen if there is a lot of light around.