Tutorial – When You Might Want a Tiny Aperture

September 30, 2010

in Camera Tips, Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials, Susan Keller

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We hear about shooting “wide open” all the time. Truth be told, I usually have my walk-around lens set at its widest aperture. And I do so love a beautiful natural portrait with shallow depth of field. But sometimes it’s really nice to shut down that aperture and be mindful of capturing a not-so-shallow depth of field. Like when you’re on vacation. In a really beautiful location. And the backdrop is nearly as important as the people at the forefront. 😉

First example – my “baby” and my husband in the foreground, Zion National Park in the background. And I wanted to be able to see both! Settings: f/8, 15mm, 1/125 second, 200 iso.

Next up, I’m shooting “blind”, and there are four of us, and again, that great Zion background, and I want it ALL in focus. same settings as above.

In these next two, I wanted a super deep depth of field to emphasize a really BIG, vast landscape at Bryce National Park … and to make sure that my teeny tiny husband on the peek of the mountain was in focus. 😉 Both these images are f/11.

More examples of big, beautiful landscapes with people; each image is utilizing an aperture that’s at least f/8 or smaller …

So next time you’re out enjoying a gorgeous location, be mindful of trying to capture some images using a small aperture. You might be quite well pleased with the results.

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I totally love a great roadtrip adventure with my dudes, or a cozy afternoon curled up with a good book. “Reality” tv totally sucks me in. I prefer my chocolate to be semi-sweet and my Diet Coke to have a squirt of root beer in it. Photography makes my heart sing and waterskiing leaves me sore & limping but deeply satisfied.

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susan keller July 30, 2011

The 2nd & 3rd pics are Canon’s fisheye lens. The rest are all Canon’s 24-105mm. Probably 99% of my vacation pics are on this lens.


Fiona July 29, 2011

I too am wondering what the walkaround lens is. I’d love a wide angle and trying to keep my eyes open about what’s out there


Steve July 29, 2011

What lens did you use to take these? So beautiful.


Lucy Chen March 10, 2011

Thank you for the great tutorial.


SummersMarcie28 March 2, 2011

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como recuperar a tu parejaa January 23, 2011

I Will have to come back again to http://www.iheartfaces.com/2010/09/when-you-might-want-a-tiny-aperture when my course load lets up – nonetheless I am taking your RSS feed so I can read your site offline. Thanks.


Dusti December 26, 2010

Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing – it’s nice to vary it up from time to time… now I plan to!


Melissy October 2, 2010

Great tutorial!! Thanks for this~
I usually have my aperture wide open too!!
Gonna try out some shots with a smaller aperture~ ^^


Angie October 1, 2010

Can I ride in your backseat on your next road trip Susan? I promise not to get car sick or ask “Are we there yet?” or anything! 😉

Gorgeous photos and wonderful reminder to mix things up a bit!

co-founder of IHF


Dawniele Castellanos October 1, 2010

Beautiful pics.
Makes me want to take my crew and visit for sure.


Misti September 30, 2010

I think more people should vary their techniques such as using a smaller aperture. I’ve been doing that a lot more lately and love how it turns out.


Hannah M September 30, 2010

Wonderful post, Susan – and gorgeous photos! I need to pack up my camera things and head over to this place right now!!


Jessaca September 30, 2010

The first two photos are spectaular!!! And thanks for the usefull info.


Angie September 30, 2010

Absolutely adore this inspirational post from Susan Keller on @iheartfaces today. Gorgeous photos! http://bit.ly/bsAqrQ


Life with Kaishon September 30, 2010

What excellent advice Susan. I so enjoy your tutorials. And your vision! You are the very BeSt : )


Amy Locurto September 30, 2010

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Meghan Rickard September 30, 2010

Great post, LOVED the pictures!!!


Keriann Simpkins September 30, 2010

Beautiful shots! Where is Bryce Park?


My Two Seasons September 30, 2010

This is such a great tip, Susan! I find myself using the wide apertures all the time and often forget that there’s other apertures ready and waiting to be used. 🙂

Your photos are gorgeous, as always, and make me want to take a road trip right now! Thanks for this wonderful reminder.



jen September 30, 2010

stunning. absolutely stunning. thanks for the reminder to think before pushing the button.


Sarah September 30, 2010

These are SO fabulous!! Thanks for the inspiration!


Lindsay Garrett September 30, 2010

GREAT photos!!! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun, great landscape, and some beautiful, fun shots. Love that your little one picked up the camera in the open field and the reflection of you holding the camera in the side mirror is fab as well.
Thanks for sharing! XOXO


Orlando Photography September 30, 2010

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Kathy September 30, 2010

Absolutely beautiful photos!


EmilyL September 30, 2010

Thanks for the great reminder! I love Bryce! Your photos are stunning.


stephanie wind September 30, 2010

Susan, I love all of your latest posts on IHF’s! Congrats!


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