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Beginner DSLR Photography basics: Aperture and depth of field guide

Beginner DSLR Photography basics: Aperture and depth of field guide

Beginner guide to aperture and Depth of Field.
This video tries to explain the basic principle of aperture.

What it is.
What it does
How its used
The effect it has.

Different lenses have different apertures, so please bear that in mind, you lens may not go to f/1.4 or f/22.

Also, I havent talked about diffraction in this video. This is when a lens starts to loose sharpness due to a narrow aperture. This is often seen on lenses at f/11 to f/16 or above, so try not use any higher than f/16 if you can help it.

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20 comments

  1. I like the idea with the ruler, but not sure why the actual photos weren't shown.

  2. Thank you very much for the beginner guide to aperture and depth of field.

  3. Thank you for an amazing tutorial. SO many people have tried to explain this ''simply'' and have failed, but you have done it. What i like about your teaching is that you associate the photography terminology with simply terminology which then allows us to make the association in our minds. You have a gift for teaching. Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing more of it.

  4. This is a GREAT video!  I love photography as a hobby but always found the vocabulary to be a hurdle.  I had brain surgery a few years ago and my memory is just not what it use to be!  This video was SO great.  You really have a teaching gift and an ability to make complicated issues … simple.  I also loved your closing pictures by explaining that the big hole, means a smaller aperture and lots of light.  I appreciated this video.  Thanks, it is helping me to learn how to use my new Nikon D750.

  5. It was very useful. Thank you! 

  6. This is useful and i have tried it while watching the video. Finally, i understand the difference between wider and smaller aperture. Thank you so much for this tutorial :)

  7. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, & Light Explained-Understanding Exposure & Camera Settings can u expel with D3200 nikon. plz

  8. Very well described I now know a little more than I did before watching so thank you. 

  9. Was really struggling with f numbers/aperture etc but tried your experiment and it made sense! Fantastic tutorial, thank you!

  10. So basically if I want to take a pic of some scenery (for personal use-nothing professional here) I have to use a smaller aperture (to have a wider depth of field) causing the image to be darker which forces me to switch to a slower shutter speed, higher ISO and using a tripod, its all a vicious circle.  :/

  11. Really good tutorial, so I hope you can help. I've noticed that focal length and distance from the subject alters my depth of field. I am using a kit zoom lens. So I use the telephoto end, and then move forward or back to compose the shot. I was thinking however, primarily is this correct procedure (portraits) and secondly am I missing any interesting effects if I used different focal lengths and distances.

  12. Great explaining, thank u for making this video!!!!!!

  13. Thank you for such clear and instructional video!

  14. I got a camera for Christmas and I'm getting quite frustrated because I'm not managing to grasp any of the concepts I've been taught and I've read many books and watched many youtube videos. Whenever I try something that's not on automatic mode it turns out to be a horrible picture. I'd really like to be able to take amazing photos without auto mode but I can't seem to do so.

  15. Thank you. This was very helpful and the teaching made it easy to understand.

  16. Thank you for this tutorial! It really helped to clear up Aperature! I look forward to trying these tips out when I am out and about with my DSLR.

  17. Very well explained. Thanks!

  18. Great vedio thanks a lot tom.. :)

  19. Tom that was a nice demonstration on Aperture! Thank you.
    I have a question. Can you pls clarify? 
    I have a standard 18-55mm kit lens. When i zoom in and out i see the aperture f-stop varying from f3.5 to f5.6. However, when i go to Aperture Priority mode and increase the aperture i see it goes beyond f5.6 upto f22. Are these aperture f stops after f5.6 really affecting the lens aperture? 

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