What is aperture: everything you need to know about controlling light creatively

What is aperture: everything you need to know about controlling light creatively

What is an aperture made of?

What is an aperture made of?

01 Blades
The aperture diaphragm is made up of between five and nine interleaved blades.

The more blades that are used, the smoother and more circular the ‘bokeh’, or out-of-focus areas, appear.

This opens and closes the aperture when the shutter fires, to ‘stop down the lens’ to the aperture you’ve selected.

By default, lenses show the view through the maximum aperture in the viewfinder.

02 Motor
This opens and closes the aperture when the shutter fires, to ‘stop down the lens’ to the aperture you’ve selected. By default, lenses show the view through the maximum aperture in the viewfinder.

03 Location
The aperture assembly doesn’t sit in your camera, but rather in the barrel of each of your lenses.

The range of aperture settings available varies depending on the particular lens being used.

PAGE 1: What is aperture in photography?
PAGE 2: What is an aperture made of?
PAGE 3: How to control aperture
PAGE 4: Why a small aperture isn’t always best
PAGE 5: What are f stops?

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