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What is Aperture

Aperture is a fundamental part of Photography. It makes up one – third of the exposure triangle and is relevant to every photo you take. Aperture gives you creative control over exposure and depth of field. If you’re getting started in Photography, you definitely need to know about Aperture.

Aperture for Portraits

Portrait photographers prefer wider apertures like f/2.8 or even f/4 — they can focus on the subject and blur the background. That’s also why landscape photographers typically shoot in the f/11 to f/22 range — they want more of the landscape in focus, from the foreground to the distant horizon.

How to Choose Aperture

Aperture is denoted by a number, such as f/1.4 or f/8. The smaller the number, the wider the aperture. The larger the number, the smaller the aperture. If you’re shooting in a low light environment, it’s wise to shoot with a wide aperture to ensure we get a good exposure.

Aperture for Landscape Photography

So in landscape photography, you’ll typically want to use a higher f stop, or narrow aperture, to get more of your scene in focus. Generally, you’ll want to shoot in the f/8 to f/11 range, topping out at around f/16.

Conclusion

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