Shutter Speed and Aperture
July 29, 2008 1:06pm CST
I have trouble remembering how to set shutter and aperture. I know that shutter the higher the number the faster and aperture the bigger the number the smaller the opening but when I am outside I don't have a clue the best way to set it. What is good tips to remember or practice? I learned in a studio where everything is preset so as I am learning to take outdoor pics it is really hard. Any help?
• United States
30 Jul 08
What to set the shutter and aperture to depends on lots of different factors: the lighting, your subject matter, etc. With the aperture, the smaller the f-stop the shallower the depth of field. So if you're taking a landscape photo, you're going to want a very large aperture. But if you're taking a close up photo of a flower you probably want a small aperture to isolate the subject from the background. As for the shutter speed, it depends on your lighting. Bracketing is always a good idea. Or if you're shooting digital you can look and see how exposed the photo is immediately after taking it and decide if you need a faster or slower shutter speed. Obviously at night you're going to need a much longer shutter speed. In bright well lit areas, a faster shutter speed is necessary.