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The Newbie Chronicles: Aperture

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to the Newbie Chronicles!  This week, we’ll be starting our talk about one of the most important things to understand when taking our photos: The Exposure Triangle.


Shutter Speed


Let’s start with Aperture.



Think of aperture as the size of the opening in your lens.  The smaller the f #, the more light you are letting in your camera.  The larger the F#, the less light is getting in your camera.

When to use a wide aperature or lower F#:

Usually, I use a lower f # ( 3.5 and below) when I am in a low light situation. Such as indoors.  Because remember, when you use a lower f#, that opening in your camera is usually wider, letting in more light.  Another reason I would use a lower f# is when I want a shallow depth of field.

For example: I’m taking a photo of this plant on my kitchen table.   In the first photo, my f# is at 8.0.  You can see the plant. But you can also see the vase and chair in the background .

settings: f/8 SS:1/160 ISO 3200

In the second photo, I shot at f/2.8.  I didn’t move, just simply lowered my f stop.  Now, all that junk in the back ground is blurred out.  That is a shallow depth of field.

Settings: f/2.8 SS:1/1600 ISO 3200



When to use a high f # or small aperture:

I tend to use a high f stop when I want the whole imagine in focus, when I’m taking photos of more than one person, and when I have a lot of light.  Like this photo:

Settings: f/6/3 SS:1/30 ISO:6400

That’s it for this week.  Really, there is so much more to aperture, but I need to explain the rest of the exposure triangle to bring it all together.  I hope you all will stick around! Please stay tuned for next week when I will be talking about Shutter Speed!

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    February 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I looked at your title then I was like whaaaaa then I looked at the pics and I was like oooh pretty pics then I read the blog then I still was like whaaaa. So yeah I will probably never be a photographer I will just stick with my little cheap camera for now.

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      February 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

      LOL! It’s easier than it sounds! You need a camera in front of you!

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    February 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Yay! I am so glad you are doing this! The other day when you were like: “Take your camera off of manual” I was like: “Noooooo”. lol. But every time I took my camera out, I was thinking: “Maybe I should just try”. And you know what, I DID!

    Last night – I took some pictures in *manual*! (Are you proud of me?) Well, not manual focus… Do you do that? focus manually? Anyway, I am so pumped about it, I can’t wait till you do the rest of the series…
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      February 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Yay for shooting in manual! I don’t focus manually, but I use my focal points in camera. It helps!

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    February 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Thank you and I’ll definitely be tuning in for the coming ones.

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      February 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Hope you keep coming back!

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