… and get comfortable with your camera. Do you find that the overwhelming menu of options and settings on your digital camera is taking away from what you’d like to do- take pictures? If so read and note this blog post as we continue to break photography down to basics in everyday language and have fun learning right at home. A couple weeks ago we reminded ourselves that P, A (Av) & S (Tv) modes were three key settings. We covered P mode (check the archives) so now let’s do part one of using Aperture priority because you’ll take better pictures. A is for Aperture:
1- Aperture refers to the size of the “hole” that light passes through as it enters your camera.
2- In an inverse relationship, a large hole (f-stop) is represented by a small number on your dial like 2, 4 or 5.6 and lets in lots of light. Good for portraits and shooting near dusk, dawn or dark. The area around & behind your subject will be softly out of focus.
3- A small hole (f-stop) is represented by a large number on your dial like 16, 22, or 25 and lets in less light. Great for landscapes, beachscapes and other well lit scenes where you’d like to maximize the areas in focus.
Tip- when shooting under any low light condition or when closing down your aperture as described in point 3, utilize a tripod or other steady rest to avoid unwanted blurs.
The shot posted here was taken right outside at daybreak using the above technique- an aperture setting of f-22 and a rest because I wanted as much sharp subject matter as possible . You can do it too. Have you tried? Next week, the other end of the aperture scale and how to use it to your benefit. In the meantime if you enjoy the content here, click the Facebook link below then click “like”! We’ll be connected and you’ll be among the first to see extra content, photo explanations, upcoming events and more. Enjoy the weekend and hope to “see you” online, Gordon.
“Photography in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades”