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Easily Capture Starbursts in Your Nature and Landscape Photos

By Hanssie on October 5th 2014

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? 

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. David Hall

    I’ll have to try this on my 17-35mm to see what I can get.

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  2. Ian Moss

    And there was me thinking that Cokin had this nailed back in the ’70’s. Actually, they did.

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  3. Brandon Dewey

    I watched this class on creative live and even though he cover a lot of basic stuff there were still a lot of great nuggets of information with tips and tricks I’m going to try next time I’m out taking landscape images.

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