This time around I focused on adjusting the aperture of my camera. By using a wide aperture, which uses a small f-stop (like f/3.5), you can create bokeh, or background blur, to the images. Then I contrasted those images with photographs that used a small aperture which has a high f-stop (like f/22) to keep all of the images clear from the front to the back.
With that being said, let’s review how my time taking these images went.
As you can see in the photo below, I started with a basic photo of my nephew. I had a wide aperture at a f/3.5 which cause him and his blankets to be sharp while the background was blurred. This is a subtle example, but because of the contrast, my nephew is emphasized as the subject.
The second image I shifted to outside with some fake flowers and the difference is stark. The thing to remember is that the farther the background objects are from your subject the more blurred they will be. The orange flower contrasting with the cold colors of the background. While the first image was shot from above, this second one was shot from below so the background could be used more effectively.
These next two images were taken with a small aperture so that the objects in the foreground and background are both sharp. This is usually for more scenic shots. So rather than having a subject like the other photos, these two are more scenes.
This first image shows this by capturing the leaves in the front of the image. As well as the information board and clouds in the background. We don’t have the bokeh effect in this image.
This last image also was captured with a small aperture of f/22. When you use this f-stop, you can capture sun flares. That’s what happened with this image. The front and back of this image are sharp in focus.