Have you seen some photos, with beautiful star-shaped lines around the sun? It’s not too difficult to shoot this effect, just master the requirements and fine-tune it yourself!
(1) Avoid Overexposure from the Sun
To take such a photo, we must first avoid overexposure of the sun, otherwise, the sun will turn into a large white starburst that will not stand out. If you are using full-area metering, you can take a picture to see the effect. If it is too dark (because it is facing the sun), you can add back some EVs. If you use spot metering, you can face the area towards the sun. Metering, then use AE-L to lock metering (or note down the aperture shutter value and use M-mode in manual mode). ISO is best to use the lowest value (such as ISO100).
(2) Decrease the Aperture
Astral small aperture can make solar more prominent, even use f/18, a small light f/22, and other rings, and a small aperture also helps prevent photo over-exposure.
(3) Turn on the Flash
Usually, when taking these “backlit” photos, the foreground will also become very dark. At this time, we can turn on the flash, then adjust the flash output to the maximum (because it is against the sun!) External flash can be adjusted directly on the flash In comparison, the built-in can increase the flash output in the menu or on the button.
Author: Alex Tam