When I first started getting into photography in a more serious way, one of the hardest things for me to understand was the aperture values. What did this f-numbers actually mean? It also didn’t help that a large aperture is represented by a small number!
Whilst I still don’t claim to be an expert and I’m learning new things every day, I did finally manage to get my head around most of the technical aspects of my camera and taking shots.
For those that are starting out and facing the same difficulties, or even those that are used to their equipment and just want a refresher I just discovered a great article by “Bernie” – A Beginner’s Guide to Photography for Computer Geeks Who Want to be Digital Artists. The article is full of information on a range of topics such as:
- focal length
- shutter speed
- metering, plus lots more
The article goes into good detail explaining why things work the way they do and providing some great example shots along the way. By way of a sample, have you ever wondered why the background appears closer to you subject, despite the subject being the same size, when you shoot with a higher focal length lens?
Using a wide angle lens means that the camera is much closer to the subject than the subject is to the background. This exaggerates perspective and makes the background seem small and distant. The reverse is true with the telephoto shot, which includes less of the background while making it appear closer to the subject.
I highly recommend setting aside some time in your day and checking out the article in full at the link below.