#6 What? (Fun With F-Stops)

Who am I kidding...ain't nuthin' under that patch but fur:/ Here's the Daily Chuck.

Anyway, this was an indoor shoot, and I've been having a heck of a time getting light going in this house. Not to mention the fact that I'm really new at this:P

My lens has numbers on the side 35-105mm, and 1:3.5-4.5. I am assuming the 3.5-4.5 is F-stop.

I spent some of the shoot convinced I had broken my camera:O Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the learning process, and I really am committed to taking better pictures.

So, when I was on the "macro" setting on my lens, I was freaking out because sometimes the camera wouldn't take the shot, and sometimes the shutter just stayed open:/

I figured out a few things...when I was in macro (M-105) my lowest F-stop was no longer an option. I believe that's what the numbers on the lens mean. At the 105 setting, my lowest F-stop is no longer 3.5, it's 4.5, and when I'm past that 105, the lowest F-stop is even higher. Double check me here...do I have that right?

Also...bear with me...it's really dark in my house. If my F-stop is on a high number like F-22 the camera is letting in less light, (the shutter is actually smaller on a higher number F-stop) so the shutter was staying open for a really long time. (that's when I thought I broke the camera) I found when I lowered the F-stop, I had better results with inside shooting.

...and now my head hurts, so that's enough for today:P
*In case you're wondering, here's what I'm using to light up the joint. I found that if I used the umbrella to reflect the light I got a flatter less spotlight effect.


  1. You are fancy-schmancy with all your f-stoppin' spotlightin' lingo. Not to mention that strategic modesty patch. Best prop ever.

  2. (the shutter is actually smaller on a higher number F-stop) - actually it's the aperture. The opening in the diaphragm that allows light through to the sensor is called the Aperture - and a higher f-stop number is a smaller opening - or aperture. Smaller opening = less light = lower shutter speed. Lower shutter speed means the shutter stays open longer.

    Ain't it cool?

  3. The teacher of the class I took said to think of it as a triangle. Shutter speed, ISO and F-Stop make up the three sides. If one changes, at least one other must also change to compensate. (Sorry if you've heard this analogy before.) So if you use a higher F-Stop, you need to use a faster shutter speed and a lower ISO or vice versa otherwise you'll have over/underexposure.

    It's complicated and I look forward to the day when I can just look at a potential shot and KNOW what setting to use.

  4. I kind of don't know what any of this means. But I like your kitty.

    (That sounded dirty.) (Sorry.)

  5. Wow, this is like an entire different language to me.

    The modesty patch made me giggle though.

  6. My head hurts too but not just because of this post. But yeah, I generally get what you're saying. Forging ahead my friend...nice work.

    How was yesterday??

  7. You're starting to speak the lingo, so cool! BTW awesome modesty patch..even if Mr. Smokey is naturally modest :-)

  8. I love that shot! I haven't undertaken this photo challenge of yours, but I can sure learn a few things from you. Love the way you rigged up your light.


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