Part of becoming a great photographer is understanding the science behind how photographs are captured in the first place. Dylan Bennett makes that task a little bit easier with his simple explanation of the f-stop. In a brief video, Bennett teaches us all about f-stops by using handy visual aids such as charts and drawings. His approach really takes the tediousness out of learning the math and science side of photography. Take a look here:
Basically, the f-stop setting determines how much light is coming through lens into the camera. The larger the f-stop number, the smaller your aperture will be. A smaller aperture means less light gets into the camera. Pretty basic stuff. What’s really great about this video is how Bennett explains the focal length also plays a part in determining how much light gets in.
Next time your toiling over f-stop settings, remember that depending on the focal length, two different apertures can actually let in the same amount of light. You may want to keep that handy bit of information in mind!
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