So, why would you care at all about aperture anyway? Or shutter speed for that matter? We’ll start with why you’d care about aperture. Take for example, the photo below. See the effect of having just a bit in focus and the rest blurry? This is achieved when you have your aperture wide open (a large hole as opposed to a small hole). You might heat photographers saying they’re shooting “wide open”…this is what they mean, shooting with a wide aperture, resulting in some parts of the photo being out of focus. To make sure that everything is in focus instead (say you’re shooting a landscape and want both the foreground and the background to be in focus), you’d shoot with a narrower aperture (smaller hole).
Aperture is referred to as an “F-stop”. The confusing part is that a lower F-Stop is a wider hole. In other words, a larger hole equals a smaller number. So increased depth of field (the blurry part) is a result of a lower aperture, increased sharpness across the photo is a result of a higher aperture. With me so far?
Stay tuned for next week’s Tuesday Tidbit when we talk about why you should care about shutter speed (aka how to manipulate photos via shutter speed). And I’ll show you a cool trick you can try at home! Seriously, it’s my favoritest camera trick ever.