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Aperture – It Pwns You! (Part 1)

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Want to know the secret to me getting all the awesome pictures I get?  Aperture!  According to Google, aperture is a device that controls the amount of light admitted, which basically means how big of a hole is made to allow light into your camera.  Owning my Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens was (besides my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash) probably the BEST decision I could make to get great portraits!

The smaller the f-stop number, the bigger the the opening in…meaning the less amounts of light you need to get the same type of image than a “slower” camera.

Now, all lenses have a good range where they look better at certain f-stops than others.  Even though my lens gets down to f/1.8, it still takes sharper, cleaner pictures at f/2.2 normally.  The other thing about opening up your aperture is you get a smaller and smaller field of  view.  This may or may not be what you want to get.

Aperture – It Pwns You! (Part 2)


Mike is tech geek known for his creation of programs in bizarre but awesome fashion. He's an avid photographer, reader, cinephile, programmer, and into anything geeky; he'll be glad to talk about anything ranging from MMO's to PHP.

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