Photo Tip #18: More on lenses
Posted: 01 December 2010 .
After re-reading Photo tip #15, understanding lenses. I realized there was a missing component in my post. When buying a point and shoot camera or a lens, you need to pay attention to the maximum aperture opening. The aperture is the opening inside the lens that allows light to pass through. You need one that has the largest opening you can possibly get (which means a smaller number). Apertures are referred to as F/stops. So the smaller the opening the better off you are, why? Because it means you are able to gather more light in low light settings, which means it’s easier for you to shoot in low light settings. So try to buy cameras or lenses with apertures with smaller numbers than f/2.8 if you can. But remember this also means the equipment is going to get larger as well (generally speaking).