meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> Virtual Cam : Lesson 02 : Aperture Setting (A) Or (Av)




Lesson 02 : Only the Aperture Setting Can Interactively Be Changed



Click to Enlarge The Interactive Virtual Cam Application | To Start, Click on Any Aperture Setting (f-stop)

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  • Using The Virtual Cam
  • What is Aperture?
  • Aperture Exercise
  • Student Assessment
  • Contact info & Usage

Please Note : For This Lesson Plan, Only The Film Speed Setting Can be changed.

1- Click on any Aperture F stop to start.
2- As reminder, in this lesson plan, Film and Shutter settings, are locked into the values indicated in the feedback gray boxes with the locked icon on top right. These two settings can not be changed.
3- The lower the F Stop number such as F2, the larger the Iris opening, allowing more light in.
4- The higher the F Stop number suc has F16, the smaller the Iris opening, allowing less light in.

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Below is a aperture setting diagram for reference.









What is Aperture?

Aperture is ‘the size of the opening in the lens when a picture is taken. When you hit the shutter release button of your camera a hole opens up that allows your cameras image sensor to catch a glimpse of the scene you’re wanting to capture.

The aperture size that you choose, impacts the size of that hole. The larger the hole the more light that gets in – the smaller the hole the less light.

Aperture is measured in ‘f-stops’. You’ll often see them referred f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6,f/8,f/22 etc. Moving from one f-stop to the next doubles the size of the iris opening in your lens (and the amount of light getting through).


Aperture animation



What Is Depth of Field

- Low aperture setting or F Stop, creates more ashallow depth of field, which makes it ideal for shooting portraits or when you are trying to isolate a subject.

- If you would like the image to be in focus in it's entirety, such as photographing landscapes, you need to choose a smaller aperture, which creates a deep depth of field where everything in the shot is in focus.

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Aperture Setting Exercise

* Please note that for this exercise, the only setting that you are manipulating is the Aperture Setting.

Exercise 01 - Portrait Photography
1- Choose a person to photograph in an outdoor location with available natural lighting.
2- Match your Film and Shutterspeed to the setting on the Virtual Cam Application. ( 200 for shutter speed and 200 for the film speed)
3- Photograph your sbject using the aperture settings displayed on Virtual Cam as guide.


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- This application is designed and programmed to help the beginning photography user to better understand the abstract photography concepts, so that they could capture their unique and personal images through photography more effectively.

- The application is free to use for anyone who is interested in learning or teaching photography lessons for classes or individual use.

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