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LBD Photography – How to Photograph a Sunburst

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #17 – How to capture sunbursts

We have a pond near our house with lovely cat tails surrounding.  So last might I went there for a sunset, but found I was practicing more with sunbursts then sunsets.  For me it’s about  trial and error. I tried a couple different ways – one with the cat tails in right in front of the sun and the other with the sun by itself in the sky.  While taking a picture there were two  things I was thinking about,  f/22 and underexpose.

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Canon XSi
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Exposure 1/200 @ f/22
ISO 100

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Canon XSi
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Exposure 1/200 @ f/22
ISO 100

How to shoot sunbursts

Time of day –  If you go shooting at noon the sun is extremely direct and bright. If you go closer to sunset or sunrise when the sun is closer to the horizon you will have better luck.

Exposure – Expose for the sky instead of the foreground.  If you’re using exposure compensation you will want to under expose your picture, If you over expose your sun is going to turn into a white ball instead of a star-like beam.

Aperture – You want to have a small aperture like f/22 or around there.

I am learning with you, so you if you have any tips to add please do…

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Canon XSi
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Exposure 1/800 @ f/22
ISO 100

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #18 – Negative Space in Photography



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