Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Change the way you create photographs by learning how to take control.

How you set your aperture can really change your photo more so than any of the settings that you control when shooting in manual mode and really pushes your photos to new levels.  The aperture in your camera is made up of different elements that affect your image in a deeper level than we’ll go over at this point.  The aperture can easily be misunderstood by those just beginning to learn the ins and outs in photography due to the fact of the lower the aperture number such as f1.2 the larger the opening, conversely f22 is a smaller opening.  Depth Of Field or DOF is where your aperture setting really shines and changes the mood of your photo.

f 1.8

f 1.8

f 2.8

f 2.8

f 4.5

f 4.5

In the photos to the left the only change that is made in the camera is the aperture setting, and you can easily see how it affects the DOF and the amount of light that makes it to the sensor.  This is where the term fast glass comes from.  The wider the aperture (lower the number) the faster the shutter speed you can use which is great for lower light situations.  As you can see the overall exposure of the photo darkened, and to combat this you can raise the ISO to make the sensor more sensitive or decrease the shutter speed to increase the amount of time that the sensor is exposed to the light.  My focal point in these photos were all the same as well, right on the 3 inch marker, but as you can see as the aperture gets smaller (larger number) the area and focus increases. Using the aperture priority mode on your camera is a great way to get out of the auto modes.

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