Understanding the F-Stop

by on June 3, 2011

in Photography

It took me a while to grasp the how F-Stops and Apertures on DLSR cameras worked and when the best time to use the different options were. In truth the explanation of F-Stops is relatively simple and understanding it will help you to make quick and easy decisions as to what settings to use when photography wildlife out in the field.

I did a brief write up, however on further research I found this video which explains the notion of F-Stops and Apertures in far simpler terms.  Take a look and then see below for a quick write up of what settings I typically use for landscape and wildlife photography out in the field.

For portraits of big cats and birds – f2.8 (f4.5/f5.6 depending on how good your lens is)

For giraffes and rhinos – f8.0

For elephants and tree portraits – f11

For landscapes – f16

For wide angle landscapes – f18

What settings do you use for different subject matters when out in the field?  Let me know in the comments section below.


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