Tips On How To Be Good At Photography - Aperture Mode

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the buttons and dials that came with your first DSLR camera? Are you confused by the terms Aperture and ISO?

You can rest assured that I was there! I only used the AUTO mode. You will eventually master it with practice and time. You might even be able to teach someone how to do photography. Let’s look closer at the aperture mode. You understand what aperture will make your photography much better.


A camera’s pupil can be adjusted to let more or less light through it, just like our eyes. This is known as the aperture. It is expressed in fractional numbers that begin with the letter “f” on basic DSLR cameras.

The term depth of field is an important terminology. You can either create depth or shallowness, as the name suggests. Softening effects can bring life to your photos and allow the subject to stand out from the background. The aperture can be controlled, but the depth of the field cannot. Now you understand why a photo might have a sharp primary subject and blurred background. Aperture!

When to Use Aperture Mode

You need to open the aperture wide enough to achieve the above effect. This setting is most commonly used for portrait photography. It allows the person’s face and body to be fully focused while blurring the background. This effect is also known as bokeh or boke.

Let’s now say that we want the whole composition to be in focus. Foreground and background are not important. This is what landscape photography should achieve. The primary subject, such as a tree, and the background (such as the mountains that are far away), should be in focus. This means that you should make the aperture as small as possible.

It’s not in the reverse order that aperture is measured. This is what makes it so confusing. While I won’t go into detail about the science, it is important to remember that the larger the aperture, the smaller the f-number—the wider the aperture, the lower the aperture. The f-number also affects the depth of field.

Do not worry, and I will guide you step-by-step.

For portraits, use the Boke effect.

Rotate the mode dial until it reaches A.
Rotate the command dial to reach the smallest possible f-number for your lens. This will increase the aperture to its maximum.
Choose your primary subject (the person’s face) and focus on that area.
To focus, press the shutter-release halfway. The background will blur automatically.
After focusing is achieved, press the release button to click the shot

To achieve landscape effect:

Rotate the mode dial until it reaches A.
Rotate the command dial to the highest f-number. This reduces the aperture to the minimum.
To focus, press the shutter-release halfway.
Continue pressing the release button, and click the shot!
Notice: A fast camera is equipped with a lens that can reach very low f numbers. This allows for a wide aperture, which can increase the softening effect.

Another tip will be posted on how to get great photos using another important mode.