Different Aperture Settings..


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Hermie

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Hi,

If I want shoot potrait, what should my aperture settings be ? Say, I want to achieved a soft look and the other a sharper image. How do I go about doing so ?

Shooting landscape, scenery, sunset, sunrise etc..What should my aperture settings be ?

I only have 18-55mm lens.

Thanks in advance !
 

Adelfin

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Hi,

If I want shoot potrait, what should my aperture settings be ? Say, I want to achieved a soft look and the other a sharper image. How do I go about doing so ?

Shooting landscape, scenery, sunset, sunrise etc..What should my aperture settings be ?

I only have 18-55mm lens.

Thanks in advance !
There is no correct setting.. it depends on the effect u want.. if there is a foolproof method then we won't need dslrs.. coz all compacts will have the ultimate formula....

that said.. u've got to experiment... how things get in focus depends on various things, not just the aperture alone... the distance between the lens and subject, and the distance between the subject and background makes alot of difference to how much dof your photo will get... people have been known to use f/1.2-f/8 for portraits, some go even higher depending on the circumstances...

for landscapes it's the same.. it depends whether u want to focus just on a particular point in the photo, or u want everything in focus... to get everything in focus u'll usually use f/11-f/16.. don't go higher than that... f/22 sounds technically sharper but in fact it won't be due to the effects of light travelling through a smaller aperture...
 

Scaglietti

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Hi,

If I want shoot potrait, what should my aperture settings be ? Say, I want to achieved a soft look and the other a sharper image. How do I go about doing so ?

Shooting landscape, scenery, sunset, sunrise etc..What should my aperture settings be ?

I only have 18-55mm lens.

Thanks in advance !
Soft focus traditionally is achieved by filters... not really related to aperture setting. Nowadays, in digital age, the soft focus effect can be added during digital post processing.

As for what aperture to use, you got to find it out yourself. This is because there is no one right aperture to use. Although there are some so-call recommended aperture settings, IMO, it is better that you go try it out yourself. If you rely on those recommended aperture, you might be better off using the pre-programmed settings in the camera. The idea is to expand your creativity by experimenting. In the digital age, we can do that at almost no extra cost, unlike in the film days.

There are a number of good reads out there on Depth of Field. Do a google search and you will be rewarded with tons of good information.

BC;)
 

ihub88

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there is no right aperature to use.

you can try a diff lens like the 17-55mm which is just 1mm diff from your current lens. It can blur the background very nicely by using f2.8. Add in a soft filter and you will get what you want.
 

ipin

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Try reading the book "Understanding Digital Photography: Techniques For Getting Great Pictures by Bryan Peterson" which can be bought from Riceball
 

Adelfin

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Try reading the book "Understanding Digital Photography: Techniques For Getting Great Pictures by Bryan Peterson" which can be bought from Riceball
OR

just borrow the book from the library... try to read around.. there are lots of great books available in the library so u get free lessons in learning the basics....
 

Hermie

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Thanks guys, appreciate the response and insights.

Will rent the book from library.

Regards !!
 

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