Aperature?

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  1. Moose Drool

    Moose Drool TPF Noob!

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    Just bought a DSLR. More or less, a noob to photog. What exactly is aperature, and how do I determine what aperature to use?
     
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    Do a google search. It should fully answer your question
     
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    I'll go that route. Thanks.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I recommend the book 'Understanding Exposure' by Brian Peterson.
     
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    and I believe the correct spelling is aperture. That might help your search.


    you can also find a lot on aperture on this site (use the search button)







    pascal
     
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    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    More help. These are the first 2 websites I found Christmas time when I bought my first manual camera. Lots of help there, more than just "what is aperture?"

    ShortCourses
    Digicam Help
     
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    When you take photos the light comes into your camera through the lens, right?. The size of the front side of the lens stays the same, but at the rear end of the lens there a door or an opening that can be adjusted. This is what is known as aperture.

    The widest opening of it called the maximum aperture, and the narrowest it's opening is called the minimum aperture. The widest opening represented with small F number, such F2.8 for an example. And the
    narrowest opening represented with big F number, like F22. This did confuse me in the past but I know it now. Thats' why the lens which has large aperture (small F number) is more expensive than the small number.

    When you shoot an object with widest opening aperture - it will let more light to enter into the camera - hence it make the camera easier to work. The camera is kind of lazy box you know, they are real snob in low light I tell you.

    Anyway. When the aperture is wide open it also mostly focused to the object you are focusing, and almost ignores the rest around it (blurred). But when you reduce the aperture to it's narrowest openings everything will be in focus (not 100% though).

    Now you manipulate the aperture - with the aperture in between those two extremes to see what that will be look like. more light or less light?
    So, what do you reckon now, piece of cake? there you go.

    NOTE: Helen.B has posted once somewhere an illustration of aperture.
     
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    Heres the link Helen posted, Bens Newbie Guide.....It helped me see the light....
     
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    I agree... great book, very helpful.
     

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