How to Shoot Sunburst Photos (5 Tips & Photos)

How to Shoot Sunburst Photos (5 Tips & Photos)

So you want to add a little more style into your photos rather than just the same sunrise and sunset shots? Perfect. It’s time to add Sunbursts to your repertoire. Sunbursts are an easy and valuable shot to know especially for those moments when you really want to add that final touch or make that image pop.

Here are the 5 Tips we will dive into when shooting Sunbursts

how to shoot sunbursts
  • Aperture
  • Timing
  • Object Hunting
  • Gear
  • Fun


how to shoot sunbursts

The most important part of capturing a sunburst is tightening your aperture. When I say tightening the aperture, I mean increasing your F-stop. Higher is usually better in these cases. F/16-F/22 will give you best results. Try different settings but the sweet spot for me has been the f/16-f/22 range!


how to shoot sunbursts

Sunrise and sunsets are excellent times to capture sunburst moments. Not only for dramatic colors but also for the sun not blowing your image out. The sun can be blinding and strong mid day so mornings and evenings are the best.

Object Hunting

how to shoot sunbursts

When shooting sunbursts, best way to make the image pop, is to find an object you can partially hide the sun behind. Trees, branches, clouds, buildings, are a few that really do a great job to scatter light. If you have no other objects around and a helping hand, have someone put an object in front of the sun.


I’m assuming you’re using a DSLR or a mirrorless camera at this instance but if not, get the right gear in your hand. YES you can use your phone to do sunbursts but having a camera will make things much easier. I’m no gear head (love using just an iPhone) but for these shots in particular, you’ll be glad you have the right set up.


As cliche as it is, have fun. Your energy and attitude can dictate a lot about how a shoot is going to turn out. If you go into a session miserable and down on yourself, its likely your photos are going to reflect it. Remember to have fun and be thankful for being able to operate a camera.

These are only a handful of recommendations I have to help you nail that sunburst shot. Once you know how to shoot sunburst shots, it will be addicting and you’ll want to make all your images have that starry feel too them.

Post Sunburst opportunity

Have you experimented with sunburst shooting? Where is your favorite place to capture that perfect sunburst moment?

Are you looking for something to do in Marquette? Hiking and Sunburst spots? Check out my hiking guide for Marquette here

Let me know in the comments and keep following along for more travel and photography posts.

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