Shoot with aperture priority to assist in isolating your subject and creating an interesting composition.

Week six is the first week we'll be taking on a technical challenge.  An aperture is a tool that can be used in many different ways.  Whether it be assisting your shots in low-light situations, or used to help isolate your subject from a noisy background, aperture is another term that you'll be using as long as you're taking pictures.

What is aperture?

Aperture (F-stop), to put simply, is how wide the shutter in your lens opens to let light into the camera.  There are benefits to opening as wide as possible, as there are to keeping the shutter narrow.  For example, on a bright sunny day, an aperture of F/22 will allow you to shoot motion without having to use an ND filter - but we'll get to that later.  In addition to letting more or less light into the camera, which aperture you choose can also have a major effect on the way your image is perceived.

As seen in the chart below, a faster aperture (lower number) not only lets in more light but will further help to isolate your subject by creating an effect called "Bokeh."  Bokeh is the blur that's produced in the out of focus parts of the image.  You may be able to use bokeh to your advantage to create separation between a subject and a noisy background.  The blur from the shallow depth of field will make the focal point more dramatic and immediately draw the viewers eye to that point.  Think of it as a way to create another form of a natural leading line.

For this week's assignment, try using a certain aperture to your advantage then share what your settings were and why.  By doing this, we'll be able to see and analyze each other's techniques and styles to further help influence your own style.

For more information about this week, watch the video above.



Submit your photos by February 11, 2018, by tagging @TRIBETYLER or @TRIBEPRESETS on Instagram and also by using the hashtag #TRIBEwk6.

85mm f/ 1.8

35mm f/4

105mm f/4






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