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Understanding Aperture & Depth of Field

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  1. […] thought that since I had read the photography forums, had a general understanding of what Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO were that I would just be able to pick my camera up and start shooting. […]

  2. […] to check them out! We’ve talked about Composition & Perspective, Finding Great Light, Understanding Aperture and Understanding Shutter Speed. All of these techniques build off of one another to create a […]

  3. […] and how to use your camera. We’ve gone over the basics of composition and lighting; what aperture is; how shutter speed, iso and white balance can change your photos, and we’ve talked about […]

  4. DeAnna says:

    Love love love this blog. I just recently got a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and so excited to learn how to take better photos. I was normally just a snap and go gal until the last year or so when I reliaze there is soooo much more to it. Any advice and helpful hints are always welcome 🙂

  5. I just stumbled upon your blog a couple of weeks ago when Daily Buzz Moms did their photography theme. I LOVE this Move to Manual series and am just so excited to move myself through it. This post helped me understand why so many people buy additional lenses for their cameras. I looked at my lens and it only goes as low as f/3.5-5.6. Boo! I will be ordering a new lens asap. 🙂

    What I can’t quite figure out is when I set my camera to “A” and try to adjust the aperture with my current lens, it won’t allow me to get lower than f/5.6. Is there a reason for that, off-hand? Does the range (3.5-5.6) refer to what I can get with something else being adjusted or accounted for? Like I would need to adjust something else to get the f/3.5?

    I have a Sony A300. (No idea how well that rates as a DSLR – it was a gift I received a couple of years ago.)

  6. […] belong to) that you want to place your focal point on the eye that is closest to your lens. If your aperture is set properly, you should be able to focus on the eye closest to you and still get the other eye in focus as […]

  7. Michelle B says:

    I’m so glad I found this series! I have a Nikon P500. I have the same settings, but I can’t change lenses. My lowest number of f stop is 3.4 but no matter what I do, I can’t get the bokeh affect. Any suggestions? I’m beginning to think I can’t get that effect with this camera.
    I’m shooting in manual and working with all sorts of settings but I can’t seem to do it. 🙁

  8. Stasha says:

    These series are great Courtney.

  9. great tips… thank you for sharing in a way that is easy to comprehend. I can’t wait to practice.

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