Mar 14, 2009

6 pictures and 500 words

Aperture is a vital tool for photographers across the United States and the world. Aperture along with other tools can identify what mood, time of day, theme, etcetera that your picture has. Although it is vital the aperture of a photo is not easily found. When deciding the aperture of a photo you must be careful not to over or under expose the shot. It’s also helpful to use a digital camera at least when starting out if not all of the time for multiple reasons.

Aperture means the exact same thing on cameras as it does right out of the dictionary which is the long and the short, “opening”. Aperture is the small sphincter inside the lens on your camera. This opening will decide how much light is exposed to your camera film (or digital receiver, whatever).the reason one would want to control how much light gets in so they can control the detail in the picture. If the picture is over exposed it will be bright or orange-ish red color. This happens when too much light is exposed to the picture hence the name. When the picture is under exposed that means that not enough light is getting in the picture and it will be dark and once again you won’t have good detailed picture. The trick is to get the right exposure for your picture so the detail is just perfect. In photography this is quite hard for some pictures especially because there is no mathematical formula to decide what aperture to set it on. So for the basic photographer there are tree ways to get a good aperture on your picture. One option is to just set it on automatic and hope the camera has got good judgment because it seems to know what its doing. The next is to read the photographers bible which is Camera and Lens: The Creative Approach, 1948, by Ansel Adams (which is 24 bajillian pages by the way) or you can do what most photographers do and take a hunch. If you are just a beginner photographer this skill will probably become easier over time but until you do get this down, take my advice and get a digital SLR as compared to a regular film so if you screw up your picture you’ll know right away so you can take it again as compared to a film camera where you get home from your expensive trip or once in a lifetime chance and find under or over exposed pictures that are blurry and unrecognizable. Digital cameras are also more helpful because of all of the onboard special effects you have at your finger tips.

In conclusion, Aperture is a fundamental contrivance for photographers every where. Aperture along with other tools can categorize the subject matter of your photo. Although it is very important the aperture of a photo is not easily discovered. When deciding the aperture of a shot you must be cautious not to over or under expose the image. All in all aperture can create or destroy your picture depending on how you use it.

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