After reviewing videos of Youtubers, as well as blog posts written about aperture and shutter speed, I learned a lot about how the settings work. It helps to visualize and see examples of others, rather than just reading. Throughout my learning, I found some photos that represented what I was being taught. The photos are from pexels.com.
For the first picture, I chose this photo of a flower. The aperture is wider, allowing more light to come in. The shot has a blurred background which is called bokeh. The way that it was achieved was to lower f-stop, meaning the opening was wider. This image was probably shot at 1.4-2.8 to achieve the look. You will either need to have a lens that allows the aperture to go down or increase the focal length to bring a blur to the background.
The second picture, I chose a beautiful landscape. With having a narrow aperture, you are able to capture a sharp background, as well as the foreground. To achieve this, you will have a higher F-stop, mostly around 12-16, which is a smaller aperture. The lens opening will close the more you go up on the F-stop.
Slow Shutter Speed
The third picture, I chose a waterfall landscape. A slow shutter speed brings amazing photos. The slow shutter speed will let more light into the sensor. It will capture motion and will create a milky like feel to water. It will blur any motion captured, and anything still/not moving will be in focus. You’ll want to have a tripod to create this shot, it will bring stabilization to the shot and you will want to set your camera to 1/3 or more of a second.
Fast Shutter Speed
The fourth picture chosen is sports photography. To obtain the look of motion frozen in time, you will want to use a fast shutter speed. The faster the shutter moves, means how quickly the shutter will take the picture. Since the object is moving at a fast rate, if you have the settings to above 1/1000, it will capture the image in still motion. The faster the shutter speed means that you can capture objects in immense motion, and make them freeze in time.
Night Time Photography
Astrophotography is a skill I would love to acquire. You have to take this photo with a slow shutter speed. You also want to be in complete darkness, not around the city lights. Certain exposures can take a long time, so you will want a tripod. By using a flashlight, you can paint light on the photo. I feel like learning how to accomplish this would increase my photography skills.