Photography settings for any newcomer are a hard thing to master — but getting the basics down is actually quite easy. In this post, we’re going to show you three tips to improve your game by setting the right aperture nearly every time. It’s time to go manual!
Your aperture is the number denoted in f-stops. Typically they range anywhere from f/1.7 to f/22 on your camera. The aperture opens and closes to allow more and less light in respectively to your camera’s sensor.
Avoid Open Apertures For Big Scenes
Storms are big scenes, and having your aperture open is not going to be a good thing.
To shoot storms, you want to ensure your aperture is in a middle range, not too closed down but not too open. A lot of automatic modes with cameras will try to keep your aperture as open as possible because this creates a beautiful bokeh affect for photos, which most people want.
You aren’t most people. Avoid f-stops like f/4 or below.
The Best Apertures For Storm Photography Are…
Generally, the range for the best apertures for storm photography rest within the f/5.6 to f/11 range, depending on your camera and lens.
Every camera and every lens is different and will favor a different setting, but generally setting your camera in that range gets you the best combination of sharpness plus a deep depth of field.
Me personally? I choose f/6.3, f/7.1 or f/9 almost exclusively.
Deeper Depths of Field Mean More Is In Focus…
You’ll want to ensure more of your scene is in focus for the big vistas like storms or landscapes. Generally, you want this because you want viewers to see more detail. A good tip to ensure most of your scene is in focus is set a deeper aperture (that f/5.6 to f/11 range) and then focus about 1/3 of the way into the frame.
And now your game is upped!
Now you are well on your way to becoming a manual shooting master with your camera. Show off your latest storm pics by tagging us, @tornadotitans on social media!