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Family and Wedding Photographer Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Pensacola Beach

Understanding Aperture

An important element any photographer, whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, should understand is aperture. Aperture is the physical opening within your lens that allows light through to the sensor.  Many beginning photographers often ask how we professionals blur our backgrounds; well the answer is simple and often times something they don’t understand.  Simply put, we use a wide aperture.  Many people find this confusing as I myself did when I first began years ago.  I was so confused,  I couldn’t understand why I would use a small number when shooting wide.   The photography language just wasn’t clicking with me until  finally  I began thinking of aperture like our eyes.  The cornea of our eyes is like that of a lens, it gathers all the available light, bends it and passes it back to our pupil.  Depending on how much light is available the pupil…

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