Monday, March 28, 2016

Why ƒ/1.4 isn't always best or one angle the best

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 18-55mm, ISO 320, ƒ/4, 1/250
How often do you photograph the same subject, but try and mix it up?

I find many young photographers who have their lenses apertures glued to the wide open to give the really shallow depth of field photos.

Maybe by just closing down the aperture to ƒ/14 verses ƒ/4 can give your photos a little more relevance as to what is going on in the photograph.

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 18-55mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/14, 1/250
Notice here how the greater depth of field helps you know this is outside a church. Well trying to say this is a photo about Easter Sunday really needed in my opinion a little more depth of field.

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4.8, 1/140
I was photographing Tenebrae: Service of Darkness on Good Friday at my church. Now because I sat down near the front I ended up with the microphone right on the minister's nose. Not really all that flattering.

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 5000, ƒ/6.4, 1/250
Now on Easter Sunday I sat in the balcony and was able to get a much better photo of the minister at the podium.

Remember to move around and find those perspectives that help keep the photo on message with little distractions as possible.

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 4000, ƒ/4.8, 1/250
Now no matter where you choose to shoot from and what aperture you still need to pay attention to the best moment.

Here I think the photo with the minister's arms open wide is a much better photo than the one below here.

Fujifilm X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 3200, ƒ/4.4, 1/250
It takes you a little while to see her hands here and the message isn't as clear.

Tips to remember:

  • Shoot a variety of apertures–not just wide open or closed down
  • Look for different camera angles
  • Work the aperture/angle that you picked for the best moment

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