Thanks to everyone who left love on my blogs last week! I love photography and am excited to share what I know with others. There were several questions asked and I hope by the time this series is done, those questions will be answered.
I hope you all looked through your photo files last week in search of chopped limbs and are practicing incorporating all body parts into your current shots.
This week we’re focusing on backgrounds. In your photos, your subject should always be the focus. But sometimes we’re not aware of clutter or objects in the background that cause distractions until we’ve got the print in our hands and it’s too late.
The aperture of a lens is the diameter of the lens opening and is usually controlled by an iris. The larger the diameter of the aperture, the more light reaches the film / image sensor.
Aperture is expressed as F-stop. The smaller the F-stop number (or f/value), the larger the lens opening (aperture).
Aperture is what allows you to hone in on your subject and leave the rest of the photo out of focus. If you have distractions in your background that you have no way of removing, opening up your aperture is a great way of eliminating them by blurring them. For example, if you were taking a picture of someone sitting in the bleachers at a football game with lots of other people around and behind them, shooting with an open aperture would allow your subject to be in focus while the people behind them would be blurry.
If you know how to change the aperture (f-stop) of your camera, set it to a LOW number (f/1.4-f/4). Remember, the smaller the F-stop number (or f/value), the larger the lens opening (aperture.)
- Declutter your background
- Fill your frame with your subject
- Open up your aperture