How to use a wide aperture lens and when to use it.

Learn how a wide aperture can help you take pictures in low-light conditions and add stylistic effects to your photography.

What does wide aperture mean?

Camera lenses work like your eyes; they can adjust how open or closed they are to let in more or less light. The aperture (also called f-stop) is how open or closed your lens is. A wide aperture means your lens is more open, letting more light reach the sensor.

It might seem backwards, but a low f-stop actually means a wider aperture. For example, f/2 is a wide aperture, while f/13 is a narrow aperture.

Typically, anything under (wider than) f/2.8 is considered a wide aperture, but it depends on your lens. Some lenses can’t go that low. In that case, whatever your lens’s lowest aperture setting is a wide aperture.

Benefits of using a wide aperture.

Wide aperture offers a few benefits to help you boost your photography skills:

Unless you’re shooting a wide-angle shot like a landscape or group portrait, most photographers prefer to use a wide aperture to add more depth to their single-subject photos.

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