Here are 5 steps to help you create starbursts day or night.
1. Set your aperture as high as it can go (at least f18).
You can get the effect if your f-stop is open wider it just doesn’t have the same big starburst lines. Below is an example of a photo taken with a wider aperture and less of a starburst effect.
3. Cover your lens from the sun so you can get your settings correct.
Use your hand to shield the light (like you shield your eyes from the sun) that is pouring into your lens. Once you have your settings set then you can move your hand and let the light pour in.
5. If shooting at night be sure to use a tripod since your shutter speed will be slower in order to get your photo properly exposed.
Or if you are like me and take your tripod to Tokyo Disneyland only to be told you aren’t allowed to use it, you can set your bookbag on some bushes as a make shift tripod. Disney has some very sturdy and level bushes :O)
Did you notice the pictures that had a closed up aperture (larger number) had the largest starburst effects!!!