Whether you are an intermediate or advanced photographer, it’s always good to go back to the basics. What is Aperture? Tips on how to take advantage of this simple feature to create something different, something elegant to differentiate the images you create. Here’s an article about the basics of Aperture and how you can use it the next time you make  images.


What is Aperture?

Aperture is the size of the hole inside the lens. It is also called a F-Stop. Photographers use these terms interchangeably, but they mean the exact same thing. They allow light to pass through the lens and onto your sensor or film. 

So why is Aperture important and why should I care?

Aperture controls Depth of Field. Depth of Field is the area of acceptable focus in an image. Have you seen images where only a small part of the image is in focus and the rest is blurry. Or have you seen an image where everything is sharp. Aperture controls all this. You should care about this because it is one of the creative tools that photographers use to guide the viewer through the image. This is a part of  your creative toolbox as a photographer. 

So what do all those numbers mean?


What is an easy way to remember what aperture does?


Anything Tips for the intermediate photographer?


Anything Tips for the advanced photographer?


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Update (September 25, 2012) Additional Information & Image From Here About Apperture.