A few people asked how I got that starry effect on the Christmas tree photo two posts ago. Since it’s been a while since I’ve done a photography post, and it looks so pretty with Christmas lights, I thought I would share.
The original photo I posted was taken with a Sony point and shoot camera. They have a feature that gives this effect after the photo is taken, and you decide how much or little of the effect you want. If you have a DSLR, another way to do this is with a special filter that goes over your lens. Your local camera store would have one.
A third way to do it is also with a DSLR. This is the same way I got the star effect on the photo from DC a few posts ago. Close down your aperture to the largest number you can. In my case, I set the aperture to 22. Look through your viewfinder and check your shutter speed to make sure it isn’t too slow to prevent camera shake. You may need to use a tripod or set the camera on something to keep it steady. Then snap away, making sure not to move the camera until the shutter releases. The photos below I took with my DSLR.
Give it a try. You can get some neat effects with it.