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Weekly Photography Challenge – Wide Opened

This week’s challenge is all about using a large aperture, shooting wide opened. You can see some examples of this technique using shallow depth of field here.

Aperture is one side of the exposure triangle and understanding it, and truly mastering it is so important to taking your photography to the next level. This is your chance to practice.

Evan Leeson

By Evan Leeson

Even if you do not have a lens that has f/1.4 or even f/2.8 you can still achieve a shallow depth of field. It also has to do with distance to subject, and focal length. So throw on a long lens and use the largest aperture you’ve got and just go do your best.

Here are a few examples using wide open apertures:

Premier-photo.com

By premier-photo.com

Mark Strozier

By Mark Strozier

Janet Ramsden

By Janet Ramsden

Alex

By Alex

Susana Fernandez

By Susana Fernandez

Share your wide opened 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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Darlene Hildebrandt
Darlene Hildebrandt

is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through free articles on her website Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Peru, Thailand, India, Cuba, Morocco, Bhutan, Vietnam and more. To help you improve and learn she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!