February 10, 2010
Categories: Photography
Exploring Aperture
As I avoid completing my Week 4 (of twopeasinabucket.com photography course: 12 weeks to better photos) lesson on flash (and I’ll explain why in a few), I realize that I never fully completed Week 1’s assignment on exploring aperture. So, I flipped my lesson pages back to lesson one and thought that I’d share my assignment. 

For this assignment, I am to operate my camera in Aperture Priority Mode – with the goal being to discover what different f/stop settings on my camera will produce for me. I’ll be honest, I only did 2 of the 3 settings because I was indoors with low lighting…and at f/22, I kept producing a blurry image due to camera shake. To make up for it, I decided to shoot two different subjects – one being my gently used Canon Speedlite 270EX that is now packed up and ready to ship to its new owner. 
On the left, you’ll see I used an f/1.8 – definitely lots of blur here. On the right, I used an f/8 – much more of the image in focus. Had I used f/22, the image should have been even more in focus. For my purposes here, it makes more sense that the top image uses a wider aperture – although, I doubt I’d go all the way to f/1.8 if I were really photographing this image again. On the other hand, it makes more sense that the bottom image use a smaller aperture – especially since I could have used something similar on my ebay listing.

With all of that said, I promise to move onto lesson 4…especially now that my “baby speedlite” has sold and the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II is on it’s way. Insert happy dance!

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