Monday, October 11, 2010

A Lesson in Aperture

I admit it.
I rarely, if ever, adjust my aperture. 
The vast majority of the time I want my background blurry, so I leave my settings on the largest aperture my lenses will allow, which is about 5.6 for both my kit lens and macro lens. 

Today I was catching up on Darcy's 31 Days to a Better Photo series.
Day 6&7 were all about Aperture and Depth of Field and she gave an assignment of sorts. 
So I decided to take it on, since I've never tested this out with my camera/lenses and really haven't given it much thought since my college photo classes!

I used my kit lens for my testing and was surprised to learn that it has 17 total f-stops, which is a lot more than I thought!
Hmm. Imagine that.

Since there were so many, I only made a collage of 10 of them, but I think it gets the point across.

Aperture practice


  1. I have so much to learn about photography:(
    I am just taking baby steps with manual camera settings, but I hope I'll get there one day

  2. I'm just catching up on Darcy's lessons. Cool cork shots! I am going to find something to do this now!

  3. Very cool! As a visual learner, I can "see" this!

  4. I never knew that the aperture would make such a difference! Your set up showed it very well!

  5. nice job on your assignment ;) LOVE the corks! a perfect subject. And im glad I thought of using the collage, it was really a great way to organize all the shots for this one.

    thanks for stopping by!

  6. Good job trying out other things on your camera!

  7. Great example. I love the way you set up this shot.

  8. I have become a lazy photographer and tend to shoot on auto far too often. I need to go back manuel mode someday...

  9. thanks for this tutorial. I too am new with mannual but am learning and pride myself for getting it. I took some cloud shots in mannual and they came out good i think I will share soon. And I think i have apature down I love making the background blury and crisp forground.

  10. Great set up you used to test this out!

  11. your thumbnail at darcy's made me check out your page. excellent illustration of aperture.


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