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Understanding Aperture: Why Shooting Wide Open Isn’t Always the Best Choice


When you drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new piece of fast glass, it’s natural to want to shoot it wide-open until the focusing ring falls off. But, the idea that for all portraits you want to be wide open and for all landscapes you want to be stopped down isn’t true. Here to explain in the above video is photographer Matt Granger.


In the four minute video, Granger walks through a number of common situations that photographers run into when approaching photos with the all or nothing aperture mindset. The examples given and knowledge shared may seem basic and monotonous, but it’s a trend far more common than most of us think.

If you’d like to keep up with Granger and his Get Your Gear Out series on YouTube, you can follow his channel here. You can also keep up with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.