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Beginner's Guide to Understanding Aperture in Photography

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Topic: Photogrphy Tips

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What is aperture?

Aperture is a measure of how wide the lens opening is. This, in turn, means that more or less light is being let in.  The main thing to remember is that the lower the number, the wider the aperture.

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Wider aperture: - Lower f-stop or f-number - Large aperture - Shooting wide open  Narrower aperture: - Higher f-stop or f-number - Smaller aperture - Stopping down

Aperture terminology

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- Cheaper camera body at smaller size - Allows for cheaper, smaller & lighter lenses. - Enables increased reach due to crop factor Can be used with most full-frame compatible lenses. 

Crop sensor benefits

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Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras (crop and full frame) have a dial which can be used for adjusting the aperture. The wheel usually controls the aperture in 1/3 stop increments

How to adjust the aperture

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The impact of aperture on depth of field

The main impact of the aperture is on the depth of field and the amount of light reaching the sensor.  This controls the distance between the closest and farthest objects in a photo that appears in acceptable focus.

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