People live in fear of the Manual Mode all their life, never looking at it closely enough. The truth is, it much much easier to use it than you think. Here is all you need to know.
At the heart of any starburst effect is a small, bright source of light which is surrounded by a relatively dark area. To make one for yourself dial a small aperture opening. This is crucial.
Do your images often turn out to be dark or simply washed out? Here is how to best use Spot, Partial, Centre Weighted, Matrix, Evaluative light metering modes