Take It From Me: Photography 101: Understanding aperture (Guest Post)

May 8, 2013

Photography 101: Understanding aperture (Guest Post)

Photography 101: Beginners guide to understanding aperture

Hello again my lovelies!

Today we are going to learn the final concept of the important camera exposure-love-triangle... Aperture. Incase you didn’t catch the last two posts on ISO and Shutterspeed, read them here:

I am going to try to keep this as simple as possible, as to not overwhelm you. 

Ok, lets begin. 

Aperture is a very important aspect in this ‘love triangle’- it has the capability of taking your photo from drab to fab! 

What is Aperture? The aperture is comparable to the iris in our eye. It is an opening in the lens that determines the amount of light that is allowed to hit the sensor. The aperture setting on the camera refers to how large the ‘iris’ opening within the lens is. 

 Aperture is measured in f-stops. Your lens capabilities will vary- some are able to go very low (f/1.2) to really high (f/14 or higher)

Lower Aperture -> more light -> more background blur
Higher Aperture -> less light -> less background blur 

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Adjusting the aperture, helps you determine the depth of field you are after. Or in other words, do you wants lots of background blur, or everything in the image in focus? 
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Alrighty kitty cats- now is the time that I let you go and practice and play on MANUAL mode (M) on your DSLR. 
Practice adjusting your shutterspeed, iso & aperture. 


-> the higher the shutterspeed=darker image
->The lower the shutterspeed=brigher image
-> the higher the shutterspeed, the more crisp the image
->the lower the shutterspeed, the more blur/movement in the photo 
->when starting out, be sure to stay above 1/125s or you may find yourself frustrated that your photos are blurry. 

-> the higher the number, the brighter the image which = more grain in the photo
-> remember that lower the better 
->ISO is what you should adjust last

-> the lower the f-stop, the more background blur you will have 
-> the lower the f-stop, the brighter the image, 
-> figure out what type of photo you are after (everything crisp and sharp or focusing on what object and the background blurred), then adjust accordingly. 
-> I, personally adjust my settings in this order: Aperture, shutterspeed, ISO

Ok my friends, go make mama proud!


About: International Award Winning photographers, Radelle & Kari are the ladies behind Eternal Reflections Photography; Edmonton’s premier wedding photography studio. Serving both Vancouver & Edmonton, their view of wedding photography is romantic, soft with a dash of glamour. Eternal Reflections is best known for its romantic style being fused with a very fashion-inspired elegance. 

Their weddings have been published in the most prestigious wedding magazines and blogs world wide & was one of the Most Inspiring Photographers of 2011 by Wedding Bells and are considered one of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style elite vendors. Our wedding photography has taken us all around the globe- Italy, Japan, Hawaii, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico numerous times. 


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