Welcome to the month of May Wandering Camera linky party. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your photos. Not only is it a lot of fun seeing the photos, I really enjoy reading about them too.
April was such a busy month for me that toward the end I was ready to sleep in for 20+ hours straight if I could. My allergies have gotten much worse too and unfortunately, they are going to stay that way until the end of summer. However, there are pockets of time when the allergy is not as bad and I can go outside armed with medication. I will take limited time outside over none-at-all any day. So far I have kept up with taking one photo per day. Currently I am at 121 out of 366.
1. Door of an abandoned building
2. Scarlet Pimpernel
3. Lichen draped on tree branches
4. My painted woodlands bookmark
6. Fountain pen and sepia ink – my favourite
7. Persian Speedwell
8. Charlie – sleeping behind drapes
9. Yellow And Blue
10. Native Wildflower Expo – got a few plants for our garden from there
11. Lovely day at the park
12. Purple Douglas Iris
13. Ready to plant
14. A tree from Beyond Borders Fair Trade
15. Close-up of the tree
16. First flowers from one of the new plants
17. New red leaves on roses
18. Mr. Treestone loves his paper bags
19. My new Brown Betty with my old, most favourite tea mug
20. A perfect spot
21. Clouds rolling in at sunset
22. Montague enjoys rain as much as I do
23. The Dancing Wind
24. Playing with Inktense pencils, making a colour chart
25. Cactus bloom
27. Storm clouds out of nowhere
28. First plums
30. Light arches
I want to very quickly mention Lara’s book – Crafted Appliqué. You can find the full schedule of the book tour blog hop at her website Buzzin’ Bumble. My day is the 14th of May. I have all the supplies to work on my project and I am super excited to try out her method of appliqué.
Now, on to talking about Aperture. A well-exposed (well-lit) photo is supported by three pillars – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. I covered the topic of ISO in March. Aperture is the F number – a number on your camera prefixed by the letter F.
I will omit the technical details on aperture and try to explain the basic goals of aperture settings.
You will need a camera with either M (Completely Manual) or AV (Aperture Value Priority) mode to set the Aperture Value manually. In M mode you can set both Aperture and Shutter speed yourself. On AV mode you only get to set the Aperture. Based on your setting, the camera sets the Shutter Speed to get a well-exposed photo. I suggest playing with both settings.
Amount Of Light
Aperture determines the amount of light entering your camera. A lower number equals more light and that lets you use a faster shutter speed. So in really low-light situations you can set your aperture to a lower number to get a higher shutter speed. That way you can take photos without a stand or photograph a moving subject in low light.
Aperture also determines the area of sharpness of your photo. Think of looking at the centre of a photo. The lower the aperture number, the less area around the centre will be in focus.
If you want to focus on a face or a flower only at the centre and not the background, you will want to set the aperture to a lower number. As you increase the F number, more area surrounding the centre is going to come into focus.
Aperture And ISO
Here’s the caveat – since higher aperture number lets less light in, it will also decrease your shutter speed.
In situations where you want sharp pictures AND your shutter speed is not fast enough, you will need to set your ISO to a higher number. That would enable you to set the aperture to a higher number while keeping a fast enough shutter speed to obtain a well-exposed photo.
This sounds like a lot, but start playing with the Aperture values and you will see the difference. Photography is very hands-on. More you play, more you will see the difference. I hope this encourages you to experiment with the manual settings on your camera a little more.
Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them. Every photo is special because it suspends a moment and everyone sees the world around us differently! So don’t compare and contrast, just have fun and see the world that only your eyes can see!
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Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. The next post and link-up will be on the 2nd of June. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.