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Aperture Creative Uses

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Understanding Aperture Creative Uses for Beginners

In last article I explained what Aperture is and how it works. Now it’s time to look at Aperture Creative Uses.

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Aperture Controls the Depth Of Field

Let’s go to Wikipedia again for a basic definition of Depth of Field (DOF):

“In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, depth of field (DOF), also called focus range or effective focus range, is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image. Although a lens can precisely focus at only one distance at a time, the decrease in sharpness is gradual on each side of the focused distance, so that within the DOF, the unsharpness is imperceptible under normal viewing conditions.”

When considering depth of field the basic thing to remember is that the higher the f-stop number is, the more elements in the scene will be in focus.

Another Creative uses of Aperture is to make a shallow DOF to get the attention to the element of your choice.

What are the uses of DOF in photography?

Depth of Field has many creative uses in photography. For instance when composing landscape pictures, you want to have as much in-focus elements to show the beauty of the scene:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20652″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Long DOF”][vc_column_text]On the other hand, in portrait photography you want your viewers to pay attention to your subject only, not the surrounding elements.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20447″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Shallow DOF”][vc_column_text]By controlling the DOF you can draw your viewer’s attention to a part of the image or the whole scene. Our brains like to look at sharp and focused images, so if there are elements in the photo which are out of focus, our brain does not usually notice them. See the example below:

Notice the shallow depth of field and how other elements in the photo are out of focus.

Another popular creative use of aperture is to use a high f-stop (narrow aperture) such as f16 or f22 which turns small light sources into a “Starburst” effect[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”18694″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Starburst”][vc_column_text]A discussion on creative uses of aperture wouldn’t be complete without looking at using a lower f-stop (wider opening) such as f1.8 or f2.8 to achieve small blurred circles of light patterns, commonly known as the Bokeh effect:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20654″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Bokeh Effect”][vc_column_text]

What is the Bokeh effect?

Wikipedia defines Bokeh effect as:

“In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting, “good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.”

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20655″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Bokeh Effect”][vc_column_text]That wraps up this article. These are some rules for understanding the exposure in photography. There are many more techniques in Shutter Speed and Aperture settings that we cover them in our Photography classes. Check our Upcoming Classes for more information, and as always feel free to contact us if you have more questions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for new tutorials and tips.

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