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Understanding: Aperture



Mervyn Smyth


Saturday 12th May


2pm - 4pm





About The Course

This workshop will look at aperture settings and their relationship with light and depth of field. The aperture controls the amount of light reaching the sensor or film in our photograph. This setting is controlled by Focal Stops or as they are commonly known F- Stops.The smaller the F-stop number the greater the amount of light e.g. F 2.8 will allow a greater amount of light than F 22.Aperture is use to control Depth of Field in our photograph, that is, what we want in focus in our image in terms of distance from the foreground to the background in our photography.

What you will need
  • A digital camera with manual controls.
What you will learn
  • Understanding the aperture settings and how it affects the exposure of the image.
  • Working with small and large apertures to allow a large amount of light and a small amount of light to reach the sensor respectively.
  • How to create shallow depth of field images, most used in portraiture, and deep depth of field images, most used in landscape.

For more information contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org

Course Structure

We have 30 years experience delivering practical training courses enabling students to develop and grow as photographers. Our photography training structure has 4 stages, where students progress through each stage, developing their skills and understanding of photography. Participants may begin their journey at any stage.

We also offer one-day specialist Focus On workshops. Alternatively, if you would like a Bespoke training course, we can create a one-to-one training experience for you.

Stage 1 is an introduction to digital photography, designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

Stage 2 is for those who want to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography, and provides the opportunity to have your work reviewed by one of the Belfast Exposed tutors.

Stage 3 will help you develop your personal style, confidence and technique, by experimenting with a number of specialist themes and practices. We offer Stage 3 courses specialising in Street, Portrait, Landscape and Documentary photography. your work reviewed by one of the Belfast Exposed tutors.

Stage 4 is an extensive, advanced level course designed for photographers with a keen interest in moving into a career or education in photography.