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    Is there more to getting the starburst effect that a small ap and a tripod? my ap was f/22 and my ss was quite low but I didn't get the starburst.....maybe I was too close? I was fairly close thats the only thing I can think of
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    Nope...that's it...slow shutter speed and closed aperture.
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    so I was too close?

    ap was f/22 and I don't remember ss (I deleted the pic) but it was in the seconds
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    too slow of a SS. I try to use an ap in the teens ... and my SS is still under a second.

    oh, wait, like Christmas lights? I'm thinking sun, but that doesn't make sense to have a slow SS for sun ... which is what my reply was in the first sentence.
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    My guess is that it may not be nearly slow enough for the shutter speed.

    Here are a couple examples from my attempts last Christmas. Check out how long the exposures are.

    Here's the stats for one with no stars:
    Exposure: 10 seconds
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 100


    And one with stars
    Exposure: 30 seconds
    Aperture: f/22.0
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 100




    It was the long exposures that made me think it would be fun to do a shot like this:


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    I can't wait to try some with Christmas lights this year! I have really enjoyed learning how to take neat photos of the sun, so Christmas lights will be a ball!
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    hmmm so I just set my ss to whatever gave a perfect meter (but that was only a few seconds nowhere close to either 10 def not 30). I guess I should ignore that?
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    I don't know...it's tough, cause if you're aperture was already 22...you don't have any room to move, you'll just end up with an overexposed photo. Was your ISO as low as it goes?
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    yup iso was 100, ap was f/22 and ss was set to whatever metered to 0 (no more than 4sec)

    I'm going to try again later when I can set up my tripod again. I think I was just too close to the lights (they were on the stool right in front of me and the camera was also resting on the stool so basically it was as close as my lens could focus).
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    Do you have your tree up!!! I want to, but DH says no tree until December

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