The Image of Not Giving Up (Aperture)

It was August 2018, the time for interviews for societies in my University. I chose to apply for the society involved in photography. I was asked a lot of technical questions about terms that I had never heard before like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. In spite of showing my deep-rooted interest in this field, I did not get selected. At that time, I was in a transition phase, from hobby to making it a full-fledged passion, therefore these terms appeared unfamiliar to me.

Now, I was left with only two options, to either quit or take matters into my own hands and learn after rejection.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

As this optimistic saying depicts, I confidently chose the second option. Believe me when I tell you this, those words are the ones that make all the difference in many hard choices of your life.


You can compare the aperture in a camera with your eyes. The greater you open your eyes, greater is the amount of light that enters into it. Same is the aperture. Important to remember! Photography is a game of light and you have to skillfully play with it. So, take utmost care while dealing with the amount of light that you want to use in the display of an image.

F-stop is inversely related to the aperture. In professional cameras, you will find an option for the F-stop number. More the F-stop, smaller is the opening of the aperture.

Frequently asked questions:

How is aperture related to the depth of the field?

If you want a shallow depth of field just opt for lower F-stop number and if you want it to be deep then prefer higher F-stop number. Generally, in portraits go for lower F-stop number and prefer a higher number for landscapes.

How to adjust the blur?

  1. Lower the F-stop, more is the blur
  2. More the focal length, more is the blur
  3. Greater the distance between your subject and background, greater is the blur.
  4. Smaller the distance between you and your subject, greater is the blur.

These are some of the basics you can put to test and analyse how they are affecting your clicks to learn better. We will discuss shutter speed and ISO next, so stay tuned.


10 comments on “The Image of Not Giving Up (Aperture)

  • Chaitanya Kapoor , Direct link to comment

    Hope you get all the success in the world my friend. Well done and keep up the good work.

      • Shrey Wadhwa , Direct link to comment

        I’m proud to say that I’ve seen you transition from your ‘just a hobby’ phase to your ‘passion phase’. It was an indeed a beautiful journey and you’ve lots of milestones left to discover. I just hope that I get to experience your journey in future also.

        • Madhvan Menra , Direct link to comment

          I still remember that first day we went to the back of oat to click the pictures of peacocks, you have not only seen that phase but you hold an important part in that journey. Thankyou for always encouraging me.

  • Harshit , Direct link to comment

    So proud of you bro hope you set everytime aperture right and ultimately achieve limelight 😅


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