3_Aperture Shutter Speed

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  • *Aperture & Shutter Speed

  • *Exposure To determine the correct exposure for your negative, you will need to know the correct combination of Aperture & Shutter Speed to produce a properly balanced negative.

  • *ApertureAffects light and depth of field7 standard f/stops:f/22, f/16, f/11, f/8, f/5.6, f./4, f/2.8A larger aperture has a small number and a smaller aperture has a larger numberWhen the aperture is opened up one stop, the amount of light doubles; when it is closed down a stop, the amount of light is halved.

  • *Shutter SpeedAffects light and motionControls light by the amount of time it remains openEach number represents a fraction of a second (or a full second)Each Shutter speed is a 1 f/stop changeRemember the double/half relationshipIt is important to your understanding of photography!

  • *Shutter SpeedThe relationship between each shutter speed will increase or decrease the light falling on the film by a factor of 2. Example # 1: If a shutter speed of 1/125 is increased to a shutter speed of a 1/250 it will decrease the light falling on the film by one half.

  • *Example #2: If a shutter speed of 1/125 is decreased to a shutter speed of a 1/60 of a second it will double the amount of time light hits the film. Either multiply or divide the speed by 2 to determine how much light is entering the camera at any aperture opening.

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  • *Shutter Speed ContdEleven standard shutter speeds found on camera:1 sec., , , 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000Shutter speed can either blur or freeze motionThe slowest shutter speed recommended for hand-holding a camera without blur is 1/60 (for a 50mm lens)The recommended shutter speed for freezing action is 1/500The recommended shutter speed for panning is 1/30

  • *Depth of FieldRange of acceptable focus (in front of, behind and around the subject in which the camera is focused)The area of acceptable focus moves from the focus point 1/3rd toward the camera and 2/3rd away from the focus point:

  • *3 Factors that Affect DOFApertureFocal length of lensDistance between camera and subject

  • *DOF contdIncreasing aperture (low f/stop) decreases DOFDecreasing the aperture (high f/stop) increases DOF

  • *Shorter lens focal length will have more DOF The greater the shooting distance, the more DOF

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  • *DOF ContdTo isolate a subject such as a flower, use a smaller f/stop (such as f/2.8)The shallow DOF will cause the foreground subject to be in focus and the background to be blurred, giving your subject emphasis.This is called selective focus

  • *DOF ContdTo bring the entire scene into focus, use a larger f/stop (such as f/22)

  • *Reciprocity or Equivalent Exposures The correlation between shutter speed and aperture is direct. Both the aperture and shutter speed control the amount of light reaching onto the film. Both double or half the amount of light, which means you can FREELY interchange the settings on shutter speed and lens opening for respective effects while retaining your preferred exposure setting.

  • *Reciprocity or Equivalent Exposures For example, the photographer may prefer to make his sunny-16 shot at an aperture of f/5.6 (to obtain a shallow depth of field). As f/5.6 is 3 stops greater than f/16, with each stop meaning double the amount of light, a new shutter speed of (1/125)/(222) = 1/1000 is needed.