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Resources & Blog: Aperture

Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter

Digital Photography: Why Metering Modes Matter Metering modes matter. As you can see in our image of a catnap, changing the metering configuration makes a big difference in the brightness of a picture. Correctly setting the metering mode will ensure your photographs have the best exposure possible. This is especially important for high-contrast scenes, like the example above. What does metering mean? And what are the different settings? Continue reading and we’ll explain metering and introduce three common modes. Applying these concepts...

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Breaking Away From Automatic DSLR Modes: Working with Aperture

Breaking Away From Automatic DSLR Modes: Working with Aperture A decade ago, digital single-lens reflex cameras (also known as DSLRs) were used mainly by professional photographers and cost about $3,000—and only had 3 megapixels. Today, many popular camera manufacturers offer consumer-targeted entry-level DSLRs for as little as $500—with a whopping 18 megapixels. Many people have invested in DSLRs, but how many really know how to use them? With so many shooting options, non-professional photographers overwhelmed by their camera’s horsepower tend to rely...

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Watch Where You Point That Thing: Understanding Focus Points and How to Use Them

Watch Where You Point That Thing: Understanding Focus Points and How to Use Them Oftentimes with older film cameras, images ended up out of focus (or in technical camera terms, “fuzzy”). This was because we needed to rotate the lens to get the sharpest photo. But all of that is in the past, right? Those of us with the more expensive digital cameras (like DSLRs) know that this is not the case. This is due to two factors – one is called “depth of field” (DOF) and the second is called “focus points.” Depth of field (DOF) is really just the amount of the image that is in...

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