Shoot it : Aperture

I thought it would be fun to share some picture tips. Some readers have asked…so I will share what works for me. I am by NO MEANS an expert. Even though I have had classroom training I still learn by trial and error…and you should too. Cameras these days do so much—there are so many functions.
What I would suggest is start with one feature—say the Aperture–while keeping everything else on Auto. As you become really familiar with Aperture…you can then start to add in other components like playing with shutter speed and white balance, iso…etc…

Aperature settings can be confusing because they are opposite. The larger the number (f stop), the smaller the opening is for light to enter the sensor. Pictures of the flowers were shot with an aperature of f16.

Small aperature hole=smaller range of focus  (meaning subjects in the background fade off)

A larger aperature=larger area of focus (meaning more of the scene becomes equally focused)

 For close up photos when you want the subject right in front to be crystal clear and bright the f stop should be a large number (small aperature) . This will allow the background to become soft and out of focus–bringing the subject very in focus.
The day I took these shots the sun was peeking in and out.
I had about 5 minutes before the bus came home so I decided to go shoot these blooming trees before all the buds get blown off. My friend tells me they are Bradford Pears (thanks Kel :)

I set the aperture to f 16 (allowing the flower closest to me to be super in focus, while the background falls out of focus.)
My white balance was set to “cloudy”
My iso was at Auto (camera picked 400)

I think I may frame some of these!! Love how they captured spring!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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10 thoughts on “Shoot it : Aperture

  1. grammy and papi

    Thank you for the information. The pictures are beautiful, I've been wanting pear trees for our yard. I like their shape too.

    Have a God Filled Day

  2. InMyOwnStyle

    Hi Tracie-
    Your photos captured Spring beautifully. Very nice. I wish I had some of that going on at my house, but it is still too early. Your photos give me hope that Spring is coming north eventually.

    I am going to copy the aperture illustrations you posted to keep as a reference. I always get so confused with the big little – little big number. Hopefully this will help it sink in.

    Thanks –
    My best Diane

  3. Restoration House

    It was great to have a refresher and the aperature pics were great. Loved your spring pics as well.

  4. Ericka

    Thank you! I need a whole slew of lessons on my camera but, a little bit helps. These are beautiful! I can smells the blossoms!

  5. Robyn

    Excellent! I've messed about while reading this and can find what I'm looking for. I'm still learning my OH's DSLR camera (I still only have a point and shoot), so I'll definitely be practising more. Now that I know where to change the settings – he's had to come and show me ;)

  6. Jori

    Thank you sO much! I got a new camera for Christmas, and am still trying to figure it out. This post was super helpful!! :)

  7. Katie

    These pictures are fantastic and I am so impressed you took the time to explain how you captured them!! Thank you for linking up to Tracy's party–great job and again, beautiful pictures!

    Katie@Little Things Bring Smiles

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