It’s Thursday and I’m ready to teach you some more photography tips! Today we are going to be talking about ‘aperture’, in other words, how you adjust the depth of field when taking a picture. I have many examples to show you. Remember, practice helps you get better!

Here is the first example of adjusting the aperture. The picture above is with a low number aperture (1.4) and the picture below is with a higher number aperture (8). The lower the number the more depth of field and more blur will result. The higher the number the less depth of field and more of the picture will be in focus.

To adjust the aperture, you will have to switch your settings to ‘M’ on your camera. When looking through your camera’s view finder you will see a number that is next to the shutter speed. It can be one of the following: 1.2, 1.4, 1.8, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, etc… It all depends on the lens you have.

A great lens to purchase to get the extra ‘blur’ would be a 50mm 1.8. I highly recommend it and it’s very affordable in the camera world.

When adjusting the aperture, use the dial on your camera that adjusts the aperture and spin it left or right. Depending on your camera, the dial will be somewhere near the image view screen or by the shutter release button.

Small number aperture above, large number aperture below.

Here are a few examples of aperture adjustment. The first photo will be a lower aperture number, resulting in more blur. And the second photo will be a higher aperture resulting in less blur.

As you can see, all of these photos are exactly the same, all I do is adjust the aperture and it gives the photo a completely different look. I used the same lens for all these pictures and I was standing in the same place. Cameras have so much to them and they are a lot of fun to mess around with. I hope you get the opportunity to fiddle around with your aperture. It just gives you more control! Fun, right?

So what do you prefer, a smaller area of focus and more blur or a larger area of focus and less blur? If you have any other photography tips that you would like to learn please comment below. xo