What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? Which lenses go widest (and why it matters)

What is maximum aperture? It’s a question we often hear from new photographers who are getting to grips with their lenses or trying to understand depth of field. In this guide we explain what it means to set the maximum aperture, which lenses go widest and what you actually gain in terms of your images.

6 things you didn’t know about using apertures, but probably should

6 things you didn't know about aperture, but probably should

One of the first things we learn when we start taking photography seriously is that ‘aperture’ controls depth of field… but there’s more to it than that.

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 aperture in photography? Controlling the amount of light that hits your camera’s sensor isn’t the only role of that big hole in your lens. It also enables you to get creative with depth of field.

In this tutorial we’ll not only answer the question of ‘What is aperture'; we’ll show you how to use your camera’s aperture to start getting creative with light.

What is the best aperture and focal length for portraits?

What is the best aperture and focal length for portraits?

If you’re just getting started in portrait photography you’ve probably asked yourself what is the best aperture and focal length? In our cheat sheets below we help answer this question by showing you how changing the aperture and focal length can produce very different effects with your subjects.

DoF defined: controlling depth of field in photography

DoF vs subject distance: subject far from the camera

When you focus on a subject part of the scene in front and behind it is also sharp. This sharp zone is known as the depth of field – or DoF – and understanding how to control the size of your depth of field is one of the most important aspects of photography to get your head around.

Here we take a look at the factors that affect depth of field and how you can control DoF in-camera.

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Aperture vs Depth of Field: photography cheat sheet

Aperture vs Depth of Field: photography cheat sheet

What is aperture, you might be wondering if you’re new to photography? Your digital camera’s aperture is simply a hole in the lens – a variable diaphragm that can be made larger or smaller – to control how much light reaches the sensor. In this quick tutorial we will explain what you need to know to get started taking more control of your depth of field, photography skills and when you can put these into practice.

Annoying problems at common aperture settings (and how to solve them)

Annoying problems at common aperture settings (and how to solve them)

One of the most important steps in learning about photography is understanding how to use aperture, because controlling your lens’ aperture settings enables you to take control over depth of field and dictate the size of the sharp area around the focus point in an image.

In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the common problems with using wide, middle and small aperture settings and explain how to overcome them.

Apertures: when to go small and when to go wide

Photography Cheat Sheet: apertures explained

One of the most common questions we hear from readers and new photographers is when to use wide apertures and when to use small apertures.

Inside, the latest infographic in our photography cheat sheet series takes a closer look at why you would use small apertures and why you would use wide apertures. We show an example of each, and also illustrate how your apertures look at each f-stop to give you a better idea of how much light you are letting into your camera.