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Wide Aperture

The photo demonstrates wide aperture due to the camera’s focus. The girl’s eyes are the focal point of the image, because that it the sharpest point of the photo. The low setting of aperture causes only her face to be truly the focus as everything else seems to fade out into a blur. If this was a narrow aperture image (see below) the whole image would be in focus.

Narrow Aperture

This stunning image of the city demonstrates narrow aperture. As you look at the image you notice the whole skyline is in focus. The narrow opening of light within the camera lets the whole skyline be the focal point rather than one building.

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Fast Shutter Speed

I love this image of the two basketball players. The emotion on their faces are focused and determined, which we could only see if we have fast shutter speed. Though having enough light (aperture) is important, so is your timing. You cannot capture facial expressions, athletes’ movements, and bird flapping its wings without appropriate timing.

Slow Shutter Speed

Slow shutter speed gives a sense a calmness rather than intensity with fast shutter speed. Slow shutter speed allows the camera to keep its sense open for a little bit longer. It blurs moving light together allowing a spectacular image like this to develop.



Water is a concept that falls under both shutter speed and aperture, yet it is something I want to work on. The beautiful image has a long shutter speed initially to capture the milky-like water. Yet, in order to achieve such a majestic sunset, I believe this was two image merged together. The first image focused on a long shutter speed; however, the second image moved the focal point to the sky–rather than the water–using a wide aperture to collect the colors and clouds.