Night Photography Tips–The Starburst Effect

You don’t need special filters to get the starburst effect in streetlamps and other bright light sources. All you need to do is stop the lens down to a small aperture, like f/16 or f/22. The small opening bends the light rays slightly, creating the star effect. It works best for lights that are shining directly into the lens. If you’re trying to create the effect from shining a flashlight or flash at the camera, make sure you point it directly at the lens.

Night Photography Tips is a nightly feature in which I give a quick tip for night photographers. It’s a way to share all the little things I do and think about in my night shooting, without boring you with my usual wordiness. If you have a tip you’d like to share, please email it to me and I might include it here, along with a link to your blog or website.


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