adjusting aperture on camera?

Question by Samuel L. Jackson: adjusting aperture on camera?
ok so i have a canon av-1 35 mm camera. and i want to know what aperture i should have if i want to take pictures indoors with a lot of light (from a light bulb) and what should the aperture be if i was too take pictures outside with sunlight?

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Answer by luvnhatelife
Aperture is really based on depth of field. Yes, it helps in the fact of letting in little or more light. However, you also wants to adjust your ISO and shutter speed for lighting also.

No one can really tell you what would be the best setting to use, as it’s going to be different for every shot. Light from bulb will be different setting, then light from outside.

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3 Responses to adjusting aperture on camera?

  1. Steve P says:

    It’s great you are using a film camera and not relying on an automated digital camera to try to do all the thinking for you. However, your question is really asking us to teach you exposure in a little YA answer box, and that is impossible.

    In it’s simplest terms, you are likely going to need to open your lens aperture to it’s largest aperture, (smallest number), for indoor shots without flash. But shutter speed and film ISO also come into play for proper exposure.

    Outdoors in sunlight, the ancient “Sunny 16” rule still applies. Meaning your shutter speed is set to match your film ISO at an aperture of f16. So, in other words, if you were using ISO 400 film, your settings would be 1/400 at f16.

    There is simply no one number to fit all scenes. If there was, there would not be such a large amount of shutter speeds and apertures available.

    I suggest you doing research on exposure basics instead of thinking anyone can give you magic numbers that are going to work, because they can’t, ….. because it is impossible.


  2. Teri says:

    Indoors with a lot of light still isn’t as bright as outdoors in the daytime. You will need a wide aperture, unless you have your camera on a tripod and set for longer shutter speeds.

    For outdoors in the sunlight, use the “Sunny 16 Rule”. Set your shutter speed to match your film speed, then set your aperture at f/16. For partly cloudy, open up a stop. For overcast, open another stop.

    By the way, the AV1 was my first 35mm SLR. Nice camera!

    Your camera can help you with the metering. Look through the viewfinder. I found you a manual online. Look at pages 28 and 29 for metering your exposure.

  3. Candid Chris says:

    What Steve P. said is the answer but he was being too polite.
    He should have emphasized the word IMPOSSIBLE.
    If you had my cell number and you called me for every shot, telling me the light meter reading , the backlighting, and the type of photo you wished to capture, I MIGHT be able to guide you, but I’m sure it wouldn’t come out how you wanted it to.

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