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What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter speed is one of the elements of the exposure triangle, and is used to control how long the sensor is exposed to light.

Macro image of a bee on a purple flower, shallow depth of field.

What is Depth of Field

Depth of field refers to the distance between the nearest object (or potion of an object) that appears in focus and the farthest object (or portion of an object) that appears to be in focus. Depending on the distance from the lens, the focal length of the lens, and the aperture setting, the depth of field can be as little as a fraction of an inch, or as great as infinity.

Composition: The Basics

An essential part of composition is having depth in your images. Cameras take two-dimensional images, but our eyes and brains work together to show us life in three dimensions. Your pictures will look more appealing to the eye if you include foreground, mid-ground and background elements. This can be done by composing the shot, providing truly separate elements, the depth of field you use, and how the different parts of the image are focused.

Aperture FAQ

   What is aperture in photography? Aperture refers to the size of the opening of the lens that the light passes through in order to reach the film or sensor. You can use the aperture setting to allow more or… Read More »Aperture FAQ

Spider on a web - example of focus stacking

What is Macro Photography?

Example of macro photograph, available for purchase at https://www.WaltPayne.Photography What is macro photography? Technically, the term macro photography refers to images where the subject is captured as a life-sized image or has a 1:1 magnification. Most people refer to any… Read More »What is Macro Photography?

Washington monument at night, with cherry blossoms in the foreground

What Is Focus Stacking?

Spider on a web, focus stacked image available for purchase at https://www.WaltPayne.Photography What is focus stacking? Focus stacking is a process that allows a photographer to achieve added sharpness/depth of field in a photograph by taking multiple images and combining… Read More »What Is Focus Stacking?

What is Aperture?

Aperture is the setting on a camera that controls how much light passes through the lens to strike the camera sensor (or film), thus it serves as a brightness control. Aperture is expressed in f-stops such as f1.2, f8, f22, etc.