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Want depth of field? Use the Aperture Priority mode

Added on Wednesday 14th of December 2011 06:30 am EST


by Jim Whitcomb

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Most digital cameras today come equipped with a variety of shooting modes, such as Manual and Auto. One mode that’s often underutilized is the Aperture Priority mode. This mode sets the camera to automatically determine shutter speed, so you can manually set the aperture. This configuration is great for those situations when aperture control is of greater importance than shutter speed, such as when you want to control depth of field. This means that regardless aperture setting, be it open or closed, your exposure will be correct, as shown in Figure A.





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