Cinematography Aperture: 6 Things to Know

Cinematography ApertureCinematography Aperture: 6 Things to Know

One of the many aspects that contributes to the beauty of cinematography and/or still photography is the use of cinematography aperture in relation to depth of field. When I came across this article by Jeff Meyer for PetaPixel, I knew right away that this was something that many students of photography might want to keep in mind if on their next shoot they are using a camera that allows them to be more creative when setting up shots. There are so many run and gun cameras that use auto focus, and that adjust aperture settings automatically in trying to make the camera idiot-proof. However, if the camera isn’t capable of making aperture adjustments manually, it might be worth considering adding one to create some of the beautiful effects that can be had while filming. While this article won’t make you the expert cinematographer that you may be aspiring to be, it will arm you with some of the basic fundamentals on the use of cinematography aperture along with understanding some of the characteristics of lenses before you venture into your next shoot.
— Stu Brown

6 Things You Don’t Know About Apertures, But Probably Should

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One of the first things that we learn when we start taking photographs seriously is that ‘aperture’, the size of the hole in the lens through which light passes, controls depth of field.
A large aperture creates shallow depth of field while a narrow one creates wide depth of field. But there’s a little more to aperture than that, let’s take a closer look at this most fundamental photographic control.

1. Doubling and halving

Apertures are often referred to as stops. Opening up the aperture by one whole stop or 1EV (exposure value) doubles the amount of light passing through the diaphragm, while closing down by one stop halves it. — Read more: 6 Things You Don’t Know About Apertures, But Probably Should

 

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