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You're A Star: My Latest Obsession

Obsession of the week? Star Filters. Will I be tired of them by next week, who can say? All I know is I'm loving them right now.

Are the $110 filters better? Probably. Did I want to spend $110 to find out? Not yet

First things first, let's talk about what star filters are and how they work.

Basically, they're small accessories that attach to your camera lens and create star-shaped patterns around any bright light sources in your photos.

Choosing the Right Filter: With star filters, one size doesn't fit all. Make sure you're buying a filter size that matches the size of the lens you're using. I'm using these on my Sigma 24-70mm, which has an filter size of 82mm. Most lenses will have this size right on the front or somewhere on the body of the lens (see examples below) but when all else fails, you can usually trust Google.

Setting the Scene: Now that you've got your filter, it's time to set the stage. Look for the magic - stage lights, disco balls, even street lamps - anything that can create those mesmerizing starbursts in your photos. Light sources are your best friend with a star filter.

Mastering Your Aperture: A key to creating stunning starbursts. For max impact, you'll want to play around with your camera's aperture settings. A narrow aperture (higher f-stop number) will produce more defined starbursts, while a wider aperture (lower f-stop) will create a softer effect. Experiment with different settings until you find the perfect balance for your shot.

Adding the Finishing Touches: Once you've captured your photos, it's time to add the finishing touches in post-processing. Use editing software to enhance the starbursts, adjust the contrast and colors, and fine-tune the overall look of your images. With a little bit of tweaking, your photos will be ready to steal the show.

I am once again reminding you that I am a beginner, so take these tips and tricks and experiment how YOU want to. Also Prism if you're reading this, I'll send you my address to test out your model.

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