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 Assignment #22 Sunburst
The feel of summer is touching every corner of Missoula. With that sun shinning every day it’s a good time to practice your sunburst or sun flare photography. Really it’s quite simple.
For settings, I set the camera to f/22 on aperture priority, by using a smaller aperture the blades inside you lens close down creating a very small opening for light to pass through. You can also try f/11 and down on the aperture settings to see what works best for your situation. I find an object to partially cover part of the sun whether it’s a building or through a tree, focus and take the picture. For the picture I took this morning I had some trouble finding any kind of object to partially cover the sun since the sun was already pretty high in the sky. I ended up using the photos edge and that worked.
The sun was starting to get a bit too intense for me to point my camera at. I would recommend shooting early in the morning or later in the day, for one the sun is not quite so intense, much softer, and you get warmer tones with longer shadows.
Try it at night time, you can get that sunburst on the street lights and lamps around town. For that it gets a little more technical, but not much. You will need a tripod and a much slower shutter speed. If your shutter speed goes too low you will end up with just a ball of light, so play with it and see what you get!
Remember you’re not supposed to stare at the sun, so be careful when shooting sunbursts. It can be bad for your eyes and your sensor.