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What is Aperture?

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ost people that are into their photography will know what aperture is, but some people might want a quick refresher!

Aperture along with ISO and Shutter (coming later) are the fundamental settings of photography. These three settings are essential to get your head around in order to achieve your final desired image.

Below is a handy graphic that shows how aperture affects your Depth of Field. DoF is known for making your shots super glossy and professional, but knowing when to use it, how to balance your lighting and how much to use is a constant challenge - even more so if you are 'running and gunning'.



But what actually is Depth of Field... well as we've mentioned, it makes the background super glossy and blurry, but, when we're controlling aperture we're actually expanding and retracting how much of the subject is in focus within the frame.

Too much depth can be a problem. In an interview scenario for example, if the subject moves forward, leans in or holds something up to the camera they'll be out of focus (and then there's nothing we can do to fix it in the edit). If you are 'running and gunning' and manually focusing you can be in for a rough time to just keep your subject in focus.

A greater DoF is a much 'safer' way to shoot as you have a greater range that is in focus. This is more suited for news/broadcast cameras as you don't want to be worrying about if your subject is in focus in a press conference or media scrum. Outside of broadcast, this shooting style can make your shots feel flat, amateurish and unprofessional.

Hopefully, you've learnt something new, or maybe it's good to brush up on the basics again! If you enjoy content like this on your feed please consider following WeMakeFilms on LinkedIn!

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