5.20.2013

Be A Better Photographer: Aperture





Part of my journey to become a better photographer is to teach myself starting with the basics. I learnt about photography almost backwards. Learning to edit before really getting into the actual photo taking. Read through my notes and see my practice shots while I try to become a better photographer.

Aperture Settings:

What is it?

The aperture is the opening of the lens diaphragm which lets a certain amount of light into your camera. Aperture is calibrated in f/stops generally between f/16 to f/1.4.



How to set it?

The lower the number in the f/stop (ie. f/1.4) the larger the opening in the lens. A large opening creates less depth of field which will give you a blurrier back and fore ground around your subject. This is referred to as Bokeh. The higher the f/stops (ie. f/16) the smaller the opening in the lens. A small opening will give you less depth of field which will give your back and fore ground a sharper look.


When to adjust it?

Use a low f/stop setting when you would like to achieve a lot of blurriness (bokeh) around your subject such as in portraits. Use a higher f/stop setting when taking a landscape where you want everything in focus.

Hopefully this quick overview of aperture basics will help you be able to control your DSLR a little bit better.

Here is a few more other helpful sites on Aperture. Here and Here.

See more Photography Basics here.

**This is only my conclusion based on my own research and practices. Everyone has their own processes.**

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