A Simple Christmas Photography Tip | Aperture Setting
As we are getting closer to Christmas, I have decided to dedicate some articles to Christmas Photography Tips.
For the last two weeks I discussed how to create Christmas or Greeting Cards, but how about taking better photos during this Holiday season? So let’s get into Christmas Photography Tip part one; Aperture Setting.
Christmas Photography Tip - Aperture Setting
Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO control the exposure in photography. Aperture is the opening of a lens, the higher the number the smaller the opening. If you choose a higher number Fstop (Aperture) the lens opening is smaller, therefore you need to either increase the ISO or slow down the shutter speed.
That is one of the functions of Aperture. The other useful function is Depth Of Field. The higher f number (smaller opening) provides wider focused area in the photo, and smaller f number (larger opening) provides narrower focusing area.
Wide Focused Area
How does this affects your Christmas Photography?
When you take family photos by the Christmas tree and all the family members are in different distances from the lens, it is better to use higher f number (f8 or f11) to provide enough depth of field to cover everyone and the Christmas tree in focussing range.
On the other hand you may want to capture some artistic photos and make the Christmas tree out of focus, In this case you need to use lower f number (Larger opening).
Shallow Depth Of Field