Aperture with Wedding Photography and Landscape Photography
Wedding Photography Aperture Settings
Aperture is a term widely used in the photography industry. It is a confusing topic for the amateur photographer to pick up and understand it. In this article we will not define the image in technical terms but give you a better understanding of the different settings and what you can achieve when shooting wedding photography and landscape photography.
The most common aperture settings used are mid-range between f8-f11 which is basically set on automatic depth of field. When first starting off set the camera to Auto or P mode and the aperture will be set automatically combined with shutter speed.
If you are shooting weddings, set the camera to Aperture mode with a f2.8 to f5.6 which produces a shallow depth of field. This will highlight the subject you are taking in photos blurring out the background. Fantastic for portrait and kids photography where you want to focus on the people as opposed to what is in the distance. This is known as large aperture settings.
Landscape & Real Estate Photography
Smaller apertures are most commonly used for photographing wildlife and landscapes. This will create sharp images both in the foreground and in the background. An aperture from f16 to f32 will create sharp images. You will find landscape photographers using these settings to capture the mountains and clouds in the distance.
Aperture in Technical Terms
- Smaller the aperture (larger f-stop numbers) produces longer depth of fields allowing all elements in the image to be in focus.
- Larger aperture (smaller f-stop number) produces shallow depth of fields focusing on near subjects and blurring out the background.
The best method to understand the capabilities of your camera and aperture is to test drive different settings and work out what suits the photography you are shooting. For further information on Wedding Photography Tips feel free to browse the many great articles available.