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    Default How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    What setting or methods should be used to achieve starry effect (for example from lamp post etc).

    What about taking photo of the sunshine, how to make it more starry glare? (not sure whether glare is the correct term.)

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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    to achieve the effect from light or lamp posts, you can use a star filter. It can come in a 4 point or a 6 point star filter etc

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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    You can achieve the effect by using a smaller aperture.
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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    you achieve starry effect with smaller aperture setting with any pointed light source, like street lamps or spot lights.

    for the sun, it will be more tricky, first you must able to see it with your naked eye, you need the air to be a bit more misty or smoky, and darker too, so the sun ray will be more prominent on the final image.

    btw, star filter is also a simple tool to create such effects, however, it will make the image slightly softer.

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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    A small aperture (f/11 onwards) will be able to give you that effect...
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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    Quote Originally Posted by photoart View Post
    Thanks buddy, quite interesting
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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    noted, with thanks =)
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    The important thing is shutter speed, you get better result if 15sec and above.
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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    f/22 – Guaranteed.

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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    Star filter or very small aperture
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    Default Re: How to achieve starry effect from the lighting in nightshoot?

    Small aperture at longer exposure, like 30-60sec or even longer can get good result

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