So you got a DSLR camera and you have figured out how to make it take a photo but you have no idea on what the settings do! First of all, mess around and see what result you get when you do play around. If, like me, you learn from doing then this is the best way to go about it. To speed up the process I'll give you a few tips.
In this blog I'll cover F STOP. Don't get me wrong, there are loads of settings to take into consideration to take a great picture. But we all have to start somewhere!
So what makes a good photo? I'll keep it simple. In most cases (not landscape) you want to make your subject standout. Sepa
Put your camera into Aperture Priority or A for Nikon or Av for Canon. (Not AUTO). Once your camera is in Aperture Priority you then need to dial down the F STOP. This is the bit on the dial where is says 'F' followed by some numbers like 1.4 or 5.6 or even f 10. You want the number as low as possible - this allows the background to be soft,hazy or out of focus.
Below are the results. The first photo being taken on F16 and the second one being taken on F1.4
If you have a DSLR and a kit lens like a 18-55mm then it will probably only go down to about F5.6
If you were going to take landscape pictures then you'd want a high FSTOP like F16 as this will keep your entire picture in focus. That said there isn't a wrong or a right - different people like different results.
Happy playing around and good luck with your willing subjects :)
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