lesson on aperture

by Lori and Michelle on September 22, 2011

hello luvs,

a few weeks ago ( I know we are just getting around to sharing this) Michelle and I made a new baked gluten-free donut recipe but the flavor and texture were just not quite there. we consider a gluten-free failure. well almost. not a complete failure.

we really love lemon and lavender, so we thought about putting the two flavors together for a donut. plus we made the donut mostly out of coconut flour which created to a real dense donut. not that is a totally bad thing it was just different.

once we have time again to play around with this recipe we will share with you all! but for now I will share the camera settings we used to take these pictures.

Most of these pictures we kept the ISO setting around 200. We mostly played around with the F stop also known as the aperture setting.

What is aperture?  the aperture is the part of a lens that dictates how much light is let through to the sensor – if it’s wide open, lots of light gets through. If it’s closed down, not much light gets through

Aperture settings are expressed as decimal numbers, and work opposite to the way you’d think!

  a higher number lets in less light than a lower number

If a small aperture will let in less light, why would you want that? the wider open the lense, the more blurred the background and foreground are in relation to the subject being photographed. if you use large number f stops then majority of your background will be in more focus.

Conclusion: large apertures (low f #’s) = less DOF (Depth of Field) while smaller apertures (higher f #’s) = more DOF.

the low f stop number means background really blurred, high f stop number means more overall in focus

Each lens and camera may offer different aperture settings, but play around with different ones and see what it does with your pictures.

Time of day pictures were taken: mid-afternoon

Lighting: natural sunlight – taking by the window

Tri-pod: no

Picture 1:

picture has a lot blurred in the background with just that one piece of donut in focus

Focal length: 85 mm

Shutter speed: 1/320

F-stop: 4.5

ISO: 200

Edit in the RAW format in photoshop -adjusted the exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, fill light

Picture 2:

picture has a lot blurred in the background with just that one donut in the middle in focus

Focal length: 85 mm

Shutter speed: 1/125

F-stop: 5

ISO: 200

Edit in the RAW format in photoshop -adjusted the exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, fill light

Picture 3:

picture has one donut in focus with second donut in back blurred

Focal length: 85 mm

Shutter speed: 1/400

F-stop: 5

ISO: 200

Edit in the RAW format in photoshop -adjusted the exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, fill light

Picture 4:

picture has a the whole donut in front more in focus with a little less blurred in the back

Focal length: 85 mm

Shutter speed: 1/125

F-stop: 7.1

ISO: 200

Edit in the RAW format in photoshop -adjusted the exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, fill light

Picture 5:

picture has the whole front donut in focus, second donut a little in focus and background blurred

Focal length: 85 mm

Shutter speed: 1/125

F-stop: 8

ISO: 200

Edit in the RAW format in photoshop -adjusted the exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance, fill light

Thanks for sticking around for our aperture lesson in photography! Hopefully you learned something new.

Twins Question: Do you know what aperture is? Do you like playing around with aperture? Do you like playing around with different settings on your camera? Do you like the flavors lemon and lavender together?

class dismissed

till next time,

xo

Lori

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Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

lavender donut! its funny because when i got my donut pan i said to myself that i would create some sort of lavender donut with a lemon curd topping… good luck! looking forward to the recipe :)
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Lori and Michelle September 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

too funny Felicia guess we both have that flavor in mind ;)

Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

My best friend is a photographer! She’s explained aperture to me before but it makes more sense when I can see the different pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
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Lori and Michelle September 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

your welcome Liz

Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

Keep posting stuff like this. It’s really helpful for me to understand the settings on my camera.

To be honest, I’ve never had anything lavender flavored so I really have no idea if lemon + lavendar works. I definitely try it though.
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Lori and Michelle September 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

thanks Amanda, and oh yes we will try to post what we learn from our camera and photography as much as we can :) we are really enjoying learning it all!

Lauren September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Lovelyics, you gals take some nice, tasty pics! ;)
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