Lesson 2: Aperture

by Beth Taylor January. 07, 2018 1009 views

Aperture is one of the most important things to consider when taking a good photograph. It adds another dimension to a photograph by controlling the depth of field, in other words how much of the shot is in focus. Simply, aperture is a hole in the lens, and by controlling the size of this, we can limit the amount of light entering the lens, so the larger the aperture, the more light reaches the camera sensor. Aperture is measured in "f-numbers" (e.g f/ 5.6), and, confusingly, a smaller f-number means a larger aperture and vice versa. Having a small f-number (large aperture) will isolate the foreground, and blur the background, whereas a larger f-number (smaller aperture) will bring both foreground and background objects into focus. These can make for some particularly effective shots, and both are useful depending on the look you want.

Today I went to Bewl Water to properly try out aperture for the first time. I worked out where the settings for aperture were on my camera, and attempted it at home to work out how to use it. Once we got to bewl water, I started to look for things that would make for a good foreground/background photo, and was pleased with these shots; I love the continuity of the similar background of the resevoir, but different items in the foreground.

Larger aperture: I prefer this shot because of the sharp centre line separating the focused from the blurred.

Larger aperture: I prefer this shot because of the sharp centre line separating the focused from the blurred.

Smaller aperture: I like this shot less as there is less contrast between the 2 sides of the photo.

Smaller aperture: I like this shot less as there is less contrast between the 2 sides of the photo.

Larger aperture

Larger aperture

Smaller aperture

Smaller aperture

Larger aperture

Larger aperture

Smaller aperture

Smaller aperture

This post is part of a series on my channel which I am doing as the first part of my Silver Arts Award in Photography. Part A is when you begin to develop your skills in your chosen art form. I decided to work on my technique, focusing on a different aspect of photography technique each week for 8 weeks. I really appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, on my posts, so please comment anything you'd like to say. I would love it if you would follow me on my journey to try and improve on photography technique!

If you are interested in doing silver arts award, go to their website: http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

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Source website for this information: https://photographylife.com/what-is-aperture-in-photography

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Marcus Taylor 3 years, 7 months ago

Comments on your personal preferences for the second and third pair would be good, as long as there is something fresh to be said!

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Hannah 3 years, 8 months ago

I like the way you've used apeture in these photos! Will be trying it out soon

3 years, 8 months ago Edited
Beth Taylor Replied to Hannah 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, good luck on trying these out :)

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
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