Get The Most Out Of Your Camera Part 1

Get The Most Out Of Your Camera Part 1

Get the​ Most Out of​ Your Camera .​
(Part 1).
Did you ever see an​ image where only a​ small part of​ it​ is​ sharp? Using the​ aperture ring correctly can maximise the​ artistic look of​ your image.
Not only does it​ determine the​ depth-of-field, it​ also has the​ power to​ direct the​ human eye.
The human eye is​ instinctively drawn towards noticeable points of​ an​ image .​
These are usually the​ sharpest and​ most important parts of​ an​ image .​
Using a​ wide aperture to​ limit the​ area of​ sharp focus can direct attention to​ the​ most important elements of​ your image and​ blur out any off-putting backgrounds.
This isn’t that hard to​ accomplish, and​ can be blissful if​ done correctly .​
Lets start off with understanding depth-of-field, aperture and​ f/stops.
Depth-of -field: the​ distance from the​ front to​ back that is​ in​ reasonable sharp focus is​ called the​ depth-of-field .​
There are two ways of​ controlling depth-of-field: Use a​ small aperture or​ focus on a​ point farther away from your camera.
Aperture and​ f/stops: the​ aperture is​ an​ opening in​ the​ centre of​ the​ lens through which light passes .​
The amount of​ light, which passes through an​ aperture, is​ indicated by f/stops .​
The lower the​ f/stop the​ more light that passes through the​ aperture .​
Opening up one full f/stop doubles the​ amount of​ light entering the​ camera .​
F/4 admits twice the​ light of​ f5.6 .​

By selecting a​ small or​ narrow aperture (f/16 or​ up), all or​ most of​ the​ scene will be reasonably sharp .​
This is​ ideal for​ landscape photography .​
By using a​ small aperture you increase the​ depth-of-field.
By selecting a​ large or​ wide aperture (f/5.6 or​ below) you decide which part of​ your image is​ sharp .​
This is​ ideal for​ taking pictures of​ wildlife, portraits, sport and​ small objects .​
By using a​ large aperture you decrease the​ depth-of-field
The smaller the​ f/number, the​ wider the​ aperture.
There is​ about twice the​ depth-of-field behind the​ point of​ focus as​ there is​ in​ front of​ it, using any aperture.
Now you know how to​ isolate your subject, so it’s time to​ put it​ to​ use .​
Set your camera to​ aperture-priority (AV) mode, and​ then select a​ large aperture (f/2 - f/5.6) .​
By doing this the​ camera will select the​ shutter speed automatically .​
If you are shooting wildlife choose a​ low viewpoint to​ maximise the​ image, try putting the​ camera lens at​ eye-level with the​ subject.
While the​ above will help to​ isolate you subject, it’s only a​ start .​
Know your subject, especially when shooting wildlife .​
Don’t be fooled into thinking all elements of​ an​ image must be sharp to​ be considered a​ good photo.

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