How To Create Star Bursts In Your Photos

How To Create Star Bursts In Your Photos

The lights of Christmas are magical. Make even more magic with a quick technique to turn your photograph’s lights into stars.
Two things help create star bursts, a small aperture and slow shutter speed. If you hand hold your camera your results will be blurry, so grab your tripod or flat firm surface. This technique works best with traditional Christmas lights. LED lights, not so well.

  1. Place your camera on a tripod or stable surface.
  2. Select Aperture Priority Mode (A or AV).
  3. Move your Aperture to f/22, your camera will select the appropriate shutter speed.
  4. Focus on your subject. Manual focus may be necessary in low light situations.
  5. Select your self timer mode to avoid any camera shake.
  6. Press the shutter. Your camera’s shutter will remain open for longer than your typical photo.
  7. Check your results. A star burst will appear around each of the lights in your photo.

No star burst? Close your aperture more (a bigger f/ number).
Play with your aperture and shutter speed combination to see the stars you can create.


Ready to take holiday photos you love? Join Katrina for Your Holidays Captured Through The Lens a two-week online class. Class begins December 4th.

To Enter: Visit come back here and leave a comment telling us one thing you’d like to learn to improve your photography skills.
Contest Closes: November 28th, midnight MST. One winner will be chosen at random, contacted & posted here.


WINNER is Shantell! (please email
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Class is delivered through 7 downloadable PDF’s, two videos, and a LIVE webinar (that is also recorded) No need to be anywhere at a specific time during your busy holidays! YOU can make this class fit YOUR schedule.

-Katrina Kennedy

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November 24, 2012
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