November 2015

What's In Focus:  Recently a few members were asking how to use aperture and what it does other than let in light.  The two simplistic answers I gave were in say a typical outdoor portrait, a wide open aperture focusing on the subject would produce a sharp focus on the subject of course but result in a very soft non-distracting background.  The other example might be a typical landscape with maybe a leading line or a strong foreground element that required both foreground and background to be sharp.  Here the technique is to frame the landscape, then re-aim the camera and focus on the foreground element or alternately focus 30% into the composition, hold focus, recompose and take the shot using a stopped down aperture of something more than say f-10.  Now both the foreground item, rock, log, flowers or whatever and the background should be sharp and in focus.