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Understanding Fstop

Start creatively storytelling through the use of your Fstop

I remember the day that I got my very first camera. I was so excited to open the box, throw that Canon Rebel into automatic, and start taking dreamy photos like the ones I had been admiring. Needless to say, that didn’t happen quite like I was expecting at first. It took a lot of reading before I finally understood how to use my f/stop setting to achieve the look I was going for, and with a lot of practice aperture soon became my favorite tool for visual storytelling.

Let’s quickly define f/stop before we dig in. Simply put, f/stop (or aperture) is the opening inside of the lens that allows light through to the sensor in the camera. F/stop capabilities have nothing to do with the camera itself - it’s all inside the lens!

The terms f/stop and aperture can be interchangeable for the most part, so you will see me use both terms throughout this text. The aperture opening in the lens effects photography in two ways: light control and depth of field.

In this workshop we will go over these two elements as well as what different f/stop numbers mean and how to creatively use aperture for storytelling in documentary photography.



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Kate Oman
Kate Oman

Kate Oman is a hobbyist photographer located in San Antonio, TX with her husband and daughter. She first fell in love with photography after getting a camera as a Christmas present. Once her daughter was born she dove head first into photography determined to capture every moment of her daughter’s life. She loves to travel and document their family adventures across the country. She strives for authenticity and true emotion in her images and is drawn to dark tones, light and movement. Kate’s work has been featured on many pages such as Beyond the Wanderlust, Dear Photographer, and Light Inspired to name a few. She was also a 2x top 100 finalist in Shoot and Share contest in 2016.


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