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Learn by Doing Photography – Aperture

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Photography Assignment #1 – Take the same picture using different apertures

Getting back to basics! If you’re ready to take your camera off auto and move to manual, we’re staring at the beginning! If you have been using your camera for awhile on manual then  it’s time to review. I think I need to hear things over and over again for them to finally sink in. For instance last month I was taking some pictures of the kids in the snow when about half way through I remembered I needed to adjust my exposure if I wanted to snow to be white. I think doing things over and over again is what it takes to remember all the proper settings. So here is a quick review on Aperture:

Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO are the three elements that affect our exposure. You would think to have a correct exposure all three would have to line up perfectly. But you can have a correct exposure at 1/60 (shutter speed) with f/16 (aperture). You can also have a correct exposure at 1/2000 (shutter speed) with f/2 (aperture). Two pictures perfectly exposed using two completely different settings, yet creatively they’re very different. That is what we’re going to practice this week, what happens when we use different exposures.

What is an aperture? It’s the opening in your lens which helps determine how much light is going to reach your camera’s sensor.

What is exposure? Light enters your lens which stays open for a certain amount of time to record an image

What is Depth of Field? It’s the area of sharpness from near to far within your photograph.

What is Bokeh? The blur in the out-of-focus areas of an image

Aperture is also refereed to as f-stop –

The smaller opening (higher number) will give us more more depth of field. So if your camera is set at f/22 your entire scene is going to be in focus.
The larger opening (lower number) will give us less depth of field. If you use something like f/2.8 your going to get that lovely bokeh look, where something is in focus and the    background is all blurry.

Now on to the assignment! First off I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!! I have one more set of Christmas photos for you! I took these pictures at Christmas when I was thinking about what the first assignment of the year was going to be!

All these pictures were taken with a Canon 60d using the 50mm f/1.8 lens on aperture priority

1/2500 sec at f/1.8IMG_3102

1/1000 sec at f/2.8

1/640 sec at f/3.5

1/250 sec at f/5.6

1/125 sec at f/8.0

1/60 sec at f/11

1/30 sec at f/16

1/20 sec at f/20

1/15 sec at f/22


Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #2 – Understanding your ISO

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2 Responses to “Learn by Doing Photography – Aperture”

  1. Decided to walk through this with you. Everyone should do a refresher each year. :)

    Just posted my blog post: http://www.aprettyrock.com/re-learning-the-ropes-aperture/

    Posted by Yazmin | January 15, 2013, 9:23 pm
  2. I am so excited you tried the aperture post! I agree we could all use a refresher each year no matter how long you have doing photography! That’s the beauty, there is always something to learn!

    Posted by admin | January 15, 2013, 10:17 pm

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