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on Apr 1, 2006 in Thought of the Month

What’s “The” Right F/Stop?

Man, is that a common question! My partner Vincent & I have this whole comedy routine built around this question it’s asked so often. What’s the answer? The answer is, whatever f/stop works best to communicate what YOU want to communicate. What kind of answer is that you ask? Well, f/stop selection has to do with depth of field and depth of field selection has to do with how much of the subject itself you want sharp, and then how much of the world around the subject you want in focus. And then all of this is determined by the focal length of lens in use and the physical distance the camera is from the lens. So with all of that, how can anyone advise what is “the� best f/stop. Now what does the Photo of the Month have to do with f/stop selection? There’s this thing going around, has been for quite a while, how closing a lens down to its smallest aperture can degrade the image quality....

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on Apr 1, 2006 in Thought of the Month

What's "The" Right F/Stop?

Man, is that a common question! My partner Vincent & I have this whole comedy routine built around this question it’s asked so often. What’s the answer? The answer is, whatever f/stop works best to communicate what YOU want to communicate. What kind of answer is that you ask? Well, f/stop selection has to do with depth of field and depth of field selection has to do with how much of the subject itself you want sharp, and then how much of the world around the subject you want in focus. And then all of this is determined by the focal length of lens in use and the physical distance the camera is from the lens. So with all of that, how can anyone advise what is “the� best f/stop. Now what does the Photo of the Month have to do with f/stop selection? There’s this thing going around, has been for quite a while, how closing a lens down to its smallest aperture can degrade the image quality....

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