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Friday Photo Tip: UNDERSTANDING APERTURE

Understanding The Aperture in Photography for Beginners

Let’s take a look at a definition of Aperture from Wikipedia:

“In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels….”

It looks pretty complicated, doesn’t it?

Easy Way to Understand the Aperture

It is good to know all these complicated scientific terms as photographers, but they don’t help us take better photos. My photography classes simplify all these terms to real-life uses of the camera’s settings. So stick with me, and I’ll show you a way to understand the Aperture quite easily and learn how to use the Aperture not only to control the light (Exposure) but also the creative uses of Aperture.

Practical Uses of Aperture

Le’s get to the practical uses of Aperture in photography rather than the scientific explanations. In general terms, and for all types of photography, the Aperture is the unit of measurement that defines the size of the opening in the lens, which can be adjusted to control the amount of light reaching the film or digital sensor. The size of the Aperture is measured in f-stops. The lower the number (f-stop), the larger opening, which allows more light to pass through; the higher the f-stop, the narrower the opening, with less light coming through the lens.

How/where do I change the Aperture setting?

In modern digital cameras, you can control the Aperture’s f-stops through the camera body. If you set your camera to Aperture Priority (A or AV), you set the f-stop using the main command dial, and your camera adjusts the shutter speed accordingly.

Aperture Cheat Sheet

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