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Weekly Photography Challenge – Using a Small Aperture

Time to try out your aperture range. Last week you were encouraged to shoot wide opened using a large aperture.

Now you need to crank it the opposite direction and get some maximum depth of field in this weekly photography challenge of using a small aperture.

Michael Chen

By Michael Chen

Weekly photography challenge

First let’s define small aperture. Usually when photographers talk about a large aperture it’s in the f/1.8 to f/4 range. Small apertures would include f/11 and smaller (f/16-f/32). What that means is the lens is letting in less light due to the smaller opening – and it also means more of the scene is in sharp focus, or deep depth of field.

You may need to use a tripod for this one as the small aperture consequently also means you’ll need to use a longer shutter speed. Keeping the ISO low will help you avoid noise as well and keep sharpness to the maximum.

Here are a few more examples:

Zman Z28

By zman z28

Michael Bohlander

By Michael Bohlander

Vasile Hurghis

By Vasile Hurghis

Photograph Lavender perspective by Peter Zelei on 500px

Lavender perspective by Peter Zelei on 500px

Share your small aperture images here:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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