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Artistic Uses Of Aperture

4 Artistic Uses Of Aperture

In previous article I discussed how to control the DEPTH OF FIELD,  and how aperture changes the focusing range. In this post I am going to give four tips on artistic uses of Aperture.

So let’s get started.

Long Depth Of Field for Landscape Photography

First tip on Artistic Uses Of Aperture is about the long Depth Of Field. Usually in Landscape photography a photographer tries to capture as much of the scene as possible, and keep everything sharp and within focusing range. So the first artistic tip for landscape photography is using a higher f-stop, f11 or higher.

Higher f-stop creates a wider focusing range which allows more objects in the scene stay in focusing range.

Wide focusing range for Landscape photography

By using higher f number, the Depth Of Field increases and almost all the elements in the image come to focusing range.
By using higher f number, the Depth Of Field increases and almost all the elements in the image come to focusing range.

Depth Of Field for Group Portrait Photography

Unlike Landscape photography, in Group Portrait Photography you do not need the very wide focusing range. The focusing range should be enough to cover all the people in the group (especially if they are in different rows), but not to bring the background and foreground to focus. The f5.6 or f8 will provide a medium focussing range.

Medium focusing range for Group portrait photography

Using f8 provided enough Depth Of Field to cover the whole group in focus, yet made the background and foreground out of focus
Using f8 provided enough Depth Of Field to cover the whole group in focus, yet made the background and foreground out of focus

Depth Of Field in Portrait Photography

Photographers use very shallow Depth Of Field to narrow down the focusing point just to the subject. F2.8 or lower creates a very shallow depth of field (Bokeh Effect) which makes the subject very sharp and the rest of the photo very soft.

Shallow focusing range for Portrait Photography

Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!
Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!

Depth Of Field in Macro Photography

Macro lenses by nature have a very shallow Depth of Field. The depth Of Field is that shallow that when focusing on the tip of a flower petal, the end of it would be out of focus!. That is why photographers use f16 or higher in macro photography to provide as much focusing range as they can.

Macro Photography

Although I used f18, the dept of field is still so tight.
Although I used f18, the dept of field is still so tight.

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