Photo 101 by Nicole’s Classes: Aperture

Even though I spent quite a bit of time reading about the technical aspect of manual photography and had a bit of experience with film SLRs in high school (about ten years ago), I decided to take the Photo 101 class offered by Nicole Gerulat.  I was hesitant to sign up — why pay a tuition fee when there are so many free tutorials out there? — but ultimately the promise of a more focused approach (accidental pun!) with instructor feedback and a New Year’s sale reeled me in.  The class just started last week so I haven’t received Nicole’s opinion on my photos yet, but over the next few posts I’ll share some of my homework from Week 1.

First up: Aperture

The goal here was to take two nearly identical photos, one with a small aperture and then again with a large aperture to achieve high and low depths of field, while manually adjusting shutter speed and ISO for proper exposure.

small aperture/high depth of field

f/22, 1.3 sec, ISO 100

large aperture/low depth of field

f/1.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Aside: I made those Valentine’s Day jars myself, but the inspiration came from Pinterest which links back to The Pleated Poppy.