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Aperture is the opening in the diaphragm of a camera lens. For questions relating to Apple's photo management software, please use [apple-aperture] instead.

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What are some tips for shooting in low light?

I own a Canon 450D with just the standard kit lens that comes with it (I don't plan buying a new lens for a while) and one thing I tend to struggle with is shooting in lower light conditions, indoors ...
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Why are large zoom ratio constant apertures lenses not generally available?

I know about 17-55 f2.8 and the likes of it, but I am talking about something say 18-135 f2.8. There exists 70-200mm f2.8 and the range (200-70 = 130mm) is much bigger than in 18-135. I am aware of ...
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Sharp, in focus portraits - analyse an example please

I have tried taking a few portraits in my living room, using studio flash. I'm still new to it, so my lighting setups may not be great. I have found sometimes that I can shoot 3 or 4 shots in a row - ...
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Will a lens with a low aperture value give me better portrait photos?

I want to take pictures of people from 5-20 feet away. I attend lots of group events and am free to walk around and snap photos. I just purchased a Canon t3i and it comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The ...
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What does f-stop mean?

What does f-stop mean? Is it the same thing when people say "2 stops" for example?
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How does a modern DSLR camera and lens actually adjust its aperture

I understand what aperture is and how it applies to photography. Larger F number = less light but more depth of focus, smaller F number = more light but less depth of focus. On an older Nikon lens ...
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How can I better take indoor photographs with wide aperture and low light?

Recently I photographed an event for a friend as a favour using my Canon 750D, my 18-55mm stock and the 50mm f/1.8. The event was indoors, followed briefly by outdoors and then back indoors in a ...
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Difference between shutter speed, iso and Aperture [duplicate]

What are the main differences between shutter speed , iso and aperture? 1.How are they interdependent? 2.Because every three of them are controlling the light,it gets very confusing how? ...
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How to lock aperture using Reverse ring with Canon 600D?

Is there anyone using reverse ring and know how to lock the aperture. I tried doing the techniques provided on youtube. First connecting the lens on original positions then lock the aperture by ...
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Why isn't the aperture visibly changing on my lens when it appears like it is changing on my camera?

I own a Nikon d5300 camera and I recently purchased a Nikon 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Micro-Nikkor lens for close-up photography. When I was testing it out today, I was shooting at f22, and my shots looked ...
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Do I use the crop factor in calculating aperture size and area?

How do I calculate the aperture size and area, considering an 35mm equivalent focal length value and non-equivalent aperture f-number (in terms of exposure, no multiplication of the crop factor of the ...
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How can I use flash with large apertures?

I get very frustrated. When I take portraits, I want to use a flash because I think they turn out better. But if I use an f-stop that is high enough to blur the background, my shutter speed only ...
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Whats the approximate aperture of a pinhole camera?

There are plenty of different pinholes you can make! Assuming I am being a little bit less creative and I am making a matchbox pinhole camera lens using a drawing pin in a sheet small sheet from an ...
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Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable?

Imagine you have an scene with shutter speed 1/60, f/8 and ISO 200. Then you change the configuration to get an equivalent exposure: speed 1/120, f/5.6, ISO 200 (plus one stop in speed, minus one stop ...
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Why are big apertures used for landscape photography?

If it is true that a large aperture means shallow depth of field..a.k.a near objects in focus and background or far objects in blur, then how come big aperture is recommended for landscape ...
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Not able to achieve shallow dof with aperture of f/4 in nikond5200 [duplicate]

I set my aperture to 4 and yet I cannot blur out the object that is 10 ft away. Everything is in focus. I only wanted the near object which is 3 ft away to be in focus.
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How can I set the aperture manually when using an old teleconverter on my Nikon D80?

I have a Nikon D80, and I use it with the Tamron 70-300 and an old 2x teleconverter. When I mount both of them on my camera in Manual mode, I can change the shutter speed but I can't set the aperture. ...
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How do waterproof lenses focus underwater?

Our eyes need air in front of them to be able to focus properly, that's why when we go swimming using goggles, our surroundings are much clearer than without. So my question is, how do waterproof ...
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Technical question about aperture and lens [duplicate]

F stop = focal length / iris diameter So for example, my Lumix 20mm pancake, f1.7, has iris diameter of 12mm at that f stop, correct? So if Panasonic wanted to make a faster lens, could they do it ...
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What are the advantages of a lens having a fixed maximum aperture?

What are the advantages of a lens having a Fixed Maximum Aperture? Previous answers have indicated that "pros tend to want constant apertures in zoom lenses". While in general lenses with a fixed ...
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Aperture smart album to find stacks containing photos?

Can I create a smart album that searches for a keyword in photos, then shows all the images in the stacks containing those photos? For instance, I have a bunch of stacks containing 2 photos each, one ...
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Are lens adapters with mechanical aperture control really working well?

This answer about a lens adapter with a mechanical aperture control (like these 1,2) got me thinking - Is it possible to control the aperture of a lens in this way? To me the answers to this question ...
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Aperture of Photography [duplicate]

I am a beginner. Can anyone state what it means if anyone says "The aperture of the photo/pic is not correct."? I donot know what actually aperture means.
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Why refer to “aperture” as “iris”?

With common lenses the aperture is controlled by a mechanism called an "iris." But, especially with cine/video-oriented lenses, I often see the term "iris" used as an apparent synonym for aperture. ...
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does depth of field travel with the focal plane?

for simplicity it can be assumed all of the following discussion is relative to a prime lens i recently learned about the technique of hyperfocal distance focusing. that is, by using the method to ...
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Which of my lenses to choose for shooting the Milky Way? 17mm 2.8 or 10mm 4.5?

Next week I hope to get a good chance to do my first Milky Way shoot. Last thing I struggle with is which of my lenses to use. I want to avoid startrails. In the final round are: Sigma 17-50 2.8 ...
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What does “maximum aperture” mean in a camera spec? Where can I get the full aperture range?

I own a Canon S95, and am considering getting a newer model (e.g. Canon S110 or S120), and I'm comparing the specs. According to DPReview.com, the S95 has a maximum aperture of F2.0-F4.9, and the S110 ...
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what is the barriers of making fast lenses? [duplicate]

I know there are lenses like f/0.7 However as a beginner I'm wondering what's the barrier of making ultra fast lenses like f/0.01 ? Also if lens manufacturers willing to make wide aperture lenses, ...
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Where can I find tables of common shutter speed and aperture values? [duplicate]

I'm working on image processing software (mind that I'm a programmer and when talking about photography, I'm "tabula almost rasa"). In this software, I'm using a RAW decoder that returns a data ...
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How does Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 image quality compare between f/1.4 and stopped-down to f/4?

I have a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens that I use as my go to for dark sky imaging with my full frame camera and it is amazing. However, I just bought a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens for my crop sensor camera so ...
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Difference between short/long exposure for faraway objects?

Say I want to take a landscape-type photograph of some large object in the distant (focus at infinity); for instance a mountain range at the horizon, or even the moon. Suppose no closer objects appear ...
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What is the limiting factor of picture resolution?

What is the limiting factor? E.g (thought experiment) If we are 200m away from a tree (let's pretend it's perfectly stationary) and we take an exposure for a week, shouldn't we collect enough photons ...
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What is the relation between shutter speed and exposure compensation in aperture priority?

I was using a manual focus lens with canon 600D and notice something in aperture priority mode. When I was applying the exposure compensation of -2EV, I had a shutter speed of 1/20 sec and when the ...
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How to find numerical aperture of lens

I need to find the precise collection cone angle of an arbitrary objective at an arbitrary (but known and finite) object-side focal length. This is typically given as the "numerical aperture", defined ...
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How to view a thumbnail for each lightroom folder in a catalog?

I'm trying to convert from Aperture to Lightroom. The first thing that does not make sense to me is how do you get an overview of your entire library (called catalog in lightroom)? In aperture, this ...
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Aperture? Have i got this wrong? [duplicate]

At the widest aperture the depth of field was shallow. So the object was clear, sharp and the background was blurry. And the shutter speed was shorter. The larger the aperture, the smaller the area in ...
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How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use? [duplicate]

For example: Does the camera detect if the scene contains fast-moving objects and if so use a shorter shutter speed? Does it detect if the entire scene is beyond the hyperfocal distance, and there's ...
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Why doesn't an f/1.8 lens result in a lower ISO than an f/2.8 lens?

When I bought my Sony NEX-5R, I had a choice of an f/1.8 or an f/2.8 lens (both are prime, normal lenses). I was told the 1.8 will work better for low-light photography since it will let in lot more ...
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How do DSLRs figure out what aperture to select in P mode?

In program mode, DSLRs adjust not only the ISO and the shutter speed, but also the aperture. The aperture has a huge impact in some situations. For example, when shooting a close subject in front of ...
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Is there a way to quickly take two photos at different apertures?

I would sometimes like to take two shots quickly, at different apertures, such as f/2.8 and f/4, but with the same exposure value (EV). Is there a way to do this with the Sony NEX-5R? In some ...
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What are the theoretical minimum and maximum apertures?

Is there such a thing as a maximum aperture that a lens can be open to? What about a minimum aperture that it can be closed to? Do these concepts even make any sense? Is there a lens with the ...
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What is the smallest f number possible? [duplicate]

I've quite a few questions in this regard: Is there a theoretical limit? What has been achieved till date? What is commercially available today? If there is a sudden exponential increase in price ...
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Can I make custom bokeh shape using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens?

Custom bokeh shapes need a large aperture. The max aperture my lens can reach is f3.5. Is it big enough for a custom bokeh? I tried but it doesn't work.
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How do analog photography light meters work?

I have a Canon AE-1 film camera. It works well and I've several FD, FL and Vivitar lenses. For recent digital cameras, I know how the light meter works. However, with this old camera, I would shed ...
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What is the relationship of aperture, focal length, and ISO in a SLR?

I was using Nikon digital camera, and recently bought a Canon 550D. I am totally new to SLR. I am not familiar with SLR terms: Aperture, focal length and ISO, and their relation to one another. What ...
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Aperture and field of view - percepted by eye vs camera

I very well informed and I know about how aperture works and why is it not restricting field of view, but I somehow cannot get around the following: Aperture doesn't restrict field of view for the ...
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The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimun of f11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22

The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimum of f 11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22
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Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4 [duplicate]

I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and a Leica 25mm which takes wonderful pictures in daylight. I was trying to take night pictures with this setup and I had the following results (after several tries and ...
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What do the specifications mean on the Canon G15's lens?

I am quite new to photography, but spent some days understanding aperture, timing, zoom and ISO. Now I see the values printed on the Canon Powershot G15´s lenses, and I can´t interpret them. I ...
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Is f/number more relevant than aperture and/or shutter speed?

I've seen on Flickr that the photographers specify values for four settings about their photos (where exif data is available) - Shutter speed F number ISO Focal Length An example can be found ...