16 January 2012

Challenge for Week 2 of 52 weeks of photography

Time for another lesson about the manual settings on your SLR and DSLR cameras. I have been looking forward to sharing this lesson about aperture with you. By playing with the aperture setting on your camera you can create some amazing photographs. This lesson is so sweet and simple too. I can’t wait to see you all put it into action!!

So what exactly is aperture and how do you use it to your advantage?

The aperture of the camera works like the pupil of the eye. The more the aperture is open the more light comes in through the lens to touch the film. Just like with shutter speeds, a change to the aperture is referred to as a “stop”, or “f-stop“. Also, just like with shutter speeds, when you adjust your “f-stop” you either double the light coming in the lens or you cut it in half. The smaller the “f-stop” number, the larger the aperture. The term “stop” actually comes from early cameras that used metal stop plates to adjust the aperture size.

How does this affect your photos?

Using a smaller aperture setting allows you to capture more of the scene you are attempting to photograph, while using a larger aperture will only allow you to capture a small portion of the scene in focus.  
Here is a photo with a small aperture.  You can see how it captured the whole scene with the cups in my foreground and my hubby standing all the way at the back. 
Here is a photo with a large aperture.  You can see how it blurred in the foreground and the background, only focusing on my little man in the sand. 
This technique of using your aperture creates incredible portraits. I hope this article will inspire some play with the aperture setting on your camera this week!! Be sure to share the photos you take!! I would love to see! For directions to changing the aperture on your particular camera, consult the manual that came with it. 

So as a challenge how about playing with the aperture setting of the camera.  Take a few portraits, a few shots of your favorite objects. Can't wait to see.

{Pic} A Pepper Siggy

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