How aperture works

posted on 29th of november, 2009
© Farang (Help) Ever wonder why the marking on the aperture ring seem backwards, or why 1 stop doubles the light but not the aperture number? Then this blog is for you! I've found a number of people that can get a fairly intuitive feel for aperture and shutter, but still can't explain why the numbers are the way they are... Here goes!

If you have done much shooting, you've likely become familiar with how shutter speed and aperture go together. Change the shutter speed and you must adjust the aperture the opposite direction to keep the total light the same. The aperture is the 'hole' in the lens that adjusts how much light actually makes it through. The aperture can be adjusted from completely open, to almost closed (no point in actually closing it!). The aperture is usually anywhere from...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on January 06, 2010
You're welcome!
Posted by Paologozzi on December 09, 2009
what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, thanks a lot Brad for a fast refreshing
Posted by Jmphoto on December 03, 2009
Thank you Brad - great information.

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