Photography for Beginners Part 5: Depth of Field

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 4: Aperture Priority Mode

 

In this post I am going to discuss depth of field (DOF).

DOF is one of the most important basic aspects of photography. It’s fairly complex because depth of field constantly varies based on three primary factors and how they interact with each other.

It takes a while for all of this to sink in and it’s very easy to forget at times, or simply misjudge. (I do both all the time.) As always, studying your own photos to see what you got right and what didn’t work will teach you as much or more than reading about photography will.

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Photography for Beginners Part 4: Aperture Priority Mode

Part 3: Shutter Priority Mode

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

 

In this post I’m going to discuss shooting in Aperture Priority Mode, usually designated by an A on your camera’s mode dial (if it has one).

What is Aperture Priority Mode?

In Aperture Priority Mode you make lens aperture your priority in how you choose to expose an image. You select which aperture you want to use and the camera will automatically choose the appropriate shutter speed to go with it.

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Photography for Beginners: It’s All About Light

Photography for Beginners: Introduction

 

 

It’s easy to get the mistaken impression that photography is all about cameras. But a camera is actually just a tool that gathers light.

The (abbreviated) definition of photography is: The art or process of producing an image by the action of light.

The word photograph itself comes from the Greek words photo, meaning light, and graph, which means write. A photo print is essentially light written onto a piece of special paper.

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