Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.12.05 PMLens flare can be a very cool addition to your nature and landscape photographs and one technique that is fun to do is the starburst effect. The starburst effect is where the sun’s rays are shaped into a star. The technique is actually very easy to pull off in camera and in the following CreativeLive video, John Greengo gives us some tips on how to achieve the starburst effect.

John shares that by stopping your aperture down between f/11  to f/22 and obscuring part of the sun behind a solid object, you’ll be getting amazing looking starburst shots in no time. It takes some practice to get your exposures just right, but it definitely is worth the effort.

John also takes a few moments in the 4 minute video to discuss how various lenses will also create different starburst effects and a different number of points off the star. John uses the Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens for his starburst shots because he likes the clean flare that comes from that lens.

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Watch the video below to learn more about capturing starbursts in your photos:

If you’re interested in seeing John Greengo’s entire CreativeLive class, check it out here.

Do you like to use lens flare in your photography? What are some of your favorite tricks to get the perfect amount of flare?