A Beginner's Guide to Aperture

Aperture, together with shutter speed and ISO, is one of the three foundational parameters for achieving well-balanced exposures and significant creative control over your photographs. If you're new to photography and want to improve your images, don't miss this fantastic video tutorial that demonstrates the intricacies of aperture and how to use it to take better photos.

Coming to you from David Bergman of Adorama TV, this excellent video tutorial provides an introduction on utilizing aperture for both technical and artistic purposes in your photography. Although shutter speed and ISO make up the other components of the exposure triangle, aperture is arguably the element most employed by photographers for creative control. In fact, many professionals opt for aperture priority mode, which enables them to select their desired aperture while allowing the camera to adjust the ISO and shutter speed for a balanced exposure automatically. In fact, if you are new to photography, aperture priority mode can be a great way to dip your toes into the creative side without having to manage all three exposure parameters simultaneously. Aperture is among the most crucial camera settings and should be one of the first aspects to master when learning the craft. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Bergman. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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