As a working photographer, I’m always looking for the most efficient way to create high-quality images. There are hundreds of things to keep track of during a photoshoot, but nailing the exposure is definitely one of the most important. Choosing the right exposure mode can make or break your photo experience. Modern cameras generally give the photographer four exposure modes to choose from: programmed auto, manual, shutter priority, and aperture priority. For my work, I’ve found that aperture priority works best for most shooting scenarios. … [Read more...] about Aperture Priority: What’s it good for?
When just starting out in photography the typical person will begin their journey with the camera set to Auto. Using this mode tells the camera to choose the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, flash and focus. https://youtu.be/YUuwmeEhZu0 To be honest, the Auto mode has gotten much better over the years, and it can really lead to nice photographs. But the photographer still needs to think about composition and focal length. There is so much more to photography than simply clicking the shutter button and moving along. It’s an art and with … [Read more...] about 5 steps to get out of Auto
In this article and video, I am going to show you how to setup your DJI drone camera, using the Go 4 app, in Aperture Priority Mode for shooting photographs. I will be using my Inspire 2. Your screen may look a little different, but the basics are the same. Also, note that some drones don’t allow you to change the aperture. What is Aperture Priority Mode? Aperture Priority Mode is where you tell the camera to use a particular aperture or f-stop and then it adjusts ISO and shutter speed to maintain that aperture. Why would I want to use … [Read more...] about Becoming a Better Drone Photographer: Setting up your DJI Drone Camera in Aperture Priority Mode
I'm often asked about bokeh (which has a myriad of pronunciations bo?k? / boh-kay / boh-k?). The word originates from the Japanese word boke, which means "blur" or "haze." It is essentially the aesthetic quality of the blur in an out of focus area of a photo. This is generally done to create a pleasant framing for a subject where the background is thrown out of focus and the subject becomes more pronounced. The goal is to create a background that is pleasing. The goal is to push the scene far enough so that the distracting elements are … [Read more...] about How to Create Bokeh
One thing I've noticed about many new photographers is the enthusiasm they have for really learning how to use their camera as well as possible. In some cases, this requires the use of understanding how to shoot in Manual mode. Learning how to choose your setting so it appropriately fits the scene and style of the photograph you are trying to achieve is a great skill to have. But then I see them take it up one more step, and get the idea that to be some sort of real photographer they have to always shoot in manual. In an online photography … [Read more...] about Aperture Priority versus Manual Mode
Aperture is one of the three sides of the exposure triangle. For many it is the primary force in shaping their photos, particularly if shooting in an Aperture Priority or Manual mode. Aperture is the easiest way to control how deep or shallow the depth of field is in your image. As such, it's an important control to master. What exactly is aperture? An easy way to think of aperture is a window that the light must pass through on the way to the camera's sensor. As such, the larger the window, the more light you let into your camera. Easy … [Read more...] about Understanding Aperture — A Simple Explanation