Camera Basics | Hodgepodge Creative

By: Hodgepodge Creative  09-12-2011

See, photographs are made by letting light into your camera. Without light, no image. The APERTURE  is the tiny hole in your camera that lets the light through.

The size of that hole creates something called Depth of Field, which is basically how much of your image will appear in focus. The bigger the aperture hole, the smaller the depth of field. The smaller the aperture hole the greater the depth of field.

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