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Aperture Choice • Now And Then

Which apertures should you set on your camera for the best quality? David Hay compares the film cameras with the modern DSLRs and explains the apertures we should be using for landscape photography and why

During the transition from film to digital photography, many photographers carried over old information or techniques that are now incorrect or have substantially changed. I read an article recently by a top photographer who was a late adopter of digital photography. When talking about using a small aperture for long exposure photography, he warned about the need to increase the exposure to compensate for reciprocity failure on his digital camera. Although this was certainly necessary for film photography, it doesn’t apply to digital sensors. On another occasion, I attended a lecture by a top professional photographer in which he said that when he changed from medium...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 32 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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