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Friday, July 6, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 6... Tip: Aperature and How to Use It


Happy Day 6 of our 31 Days of Photo Fun! I hope you are having fun trying out new ways to improve your photos!

Today brings us another tip! Consider aperature in telling your story through your photos.

Aperature? What in the world is aperature? Well, if you're asking this, then take a quick moment to read this old post explaining aperature, and this one as well.

Then consider how you might use aperature and depth of field to improve your photos.
Personally, I love using aperature to isolate my subject and so I tend to shoot with a lower f/stop. You can see here how a lower f/stop (f/3.2) and a different focal point totally changed my subject from Barbie to Brady. There's no question as to who the subject is in each shot.


How about you? How can you use aperature to improve your images? Perhaps you want to show off a new tattoo or treat that your little guy is so proud of.


Or perhaps you want to capture your high school senior doing what she loves best, listening to some great music.


Maybe you want to focus on a very small subject without losing the surrounding story. Without a low f/stop and a shallow depth of field, this little butterfly would have been lost in the shot. Instead there's no question that he's the main attraction. And yet, we didn't lose the smiles behind him.


Challenge yourself to get your camera off "auto" and try shooting in aperature mode. Then see what different images you can create with a change in your f/stop. And let me know which you prefer- images with detail from top to bottom, or isolated subjects and blurry backgrounds.

There's a time for both, so enjoy experimenting!


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