Starburst effects can add an interesting element to a photograph. In a dark scene, it can add a dreamy, peaceful twinkle to the lights. In a daytime scene, a starburst sun can add drama and interest to the skies.
Props for Photographing food. Great article. I have her Food Photography book. She's a great photographer/artist.
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