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Why You Should Use Aperture Priority Mode


Aperture priority mode is a great way to take fantastic photos without having to mess around with too many settings.

It can be great in multiple ways such as saving you time, developing your creativity and it’s ideal for those fast situations.

Why should I use Aperture Mode? 

When comparing it to manual mode aperture priority does the exact same thing, except that the camera sets up the shutter speed for you.

It allows your to create beautiful bokeh blur in your photos. Setting a wider aperture such as f/2 means that you can achieve blurred background, which focuses all the attention on your subject.

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It gives you the freedom to concentrate on things like composition and creativity without having to constantly keep an eye on other settings.

Aperture Mode is Great For Beginners

As a beginner manual mode can be difficult to get to grips with from the start. Automatic mode is way to basic and doesn’t help you develop your photography skills.

Aperture priority can help you get ready for manual mode and introduce you to different aperture settings at the same time.

This also applies to professionals too, this mode is can be extremely useful in many situations, such as weddings, landscapes, portraits and much more.

Shooting Hand Held

Rather than always using a tripod to stabilise your images, this mode can help balance your shots so that you achieve maximum quality.

Your shutter speed will be automatically chosen and in good lighting the minimum could be as low as 1/250 second – meaning that your image quality wont be blurred.

If you also set your ISO to auto, the camera will always try to keep your ISO as low as possible, meaning in good light you should see no grain/noise in your images.

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Aperture Priority Mode Settings

When setting up aperture priority mode, i recommend that you use these settings if you are a beginner.


Adjust your ISO either to be 100 or on auto mode. If you’re using auto read your camera image information to understand how this changes depending on the level of light.

Keeping your ISO around 100 to 200 will reduce grain and noise, keeping your overall image quality high.


Choosing the level of exposure is usually down to personal preference, I barely touch this because i prefer using natural light in every way possible. If you do adjust your exposure try 0.7+ to begin with in darker situations.


This is the most important setting in aperture priority mode. It’s important to understand the difference between a shallow depth of field and a deeper depth of field.

Shallow Depth of field

To achieve a shallow depth of field, you need to have your aperture much wider. An example of this would be setting your aperture between f/2.0 – f/6.0, also meaning the background of your photos will be more blurred.

Deeper depth of field 

Using a deeper depth of field will mean that more of your image will be in sharper detail from the front to back. An example of this would be using an aperture between f/11 – f/16, this would be typically used for landscape photography.



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