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Photo Tip Thursday: A Guide to Apertures

For this week’s Photo Tip Thursday, I thought I’d make a comprehensive guide of all of the different types of shots I take when Grace and I go out for a shoot, i.e. which apertures I use and where I focus to ensure that the photos turn out properly.  The photos below will have an overlay representing the focus points within the camera viewfinder.  The focus point in red is the one that I’m using to focus with in each of the photos. Each photo will also show the f/stop {or f/stops} that I typically use for each particular type of shot.

1. The full body shot:

2. The walking shot:

3. The half up shot:

4. The torso shot:

5. The shoes shot:

6. The necklace/earrings shot:

Here’s some links to some additional info in some of my previous posts that covers shooting with really large apertures, as well as selecting focus points that’ll help you make the get the most out of each shot. I hope this helps!

 Thanks for reading!


  1. This is such a great review – I forwarded this to my fiance (photographer 😉

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

  2. Beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for the tips – I'm going to send this to my photographer!

  3. Anna D Kart says:

    I love these tips! Thank you for sharing….


  4. Jordyn Brown says:

    I love these tips but would love to see a beginners guide!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  5. Oh man, love the tips, but still pretty sure that my hubby would f this up! ha

  6. Frank Vinyl says:

    love these tips! I love learning my camera. I think I have finally almost mastered it but it's always fun to see how other people use their settings.. xx

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