March 2016

Welcome to my blog!

Why Finestra? It is the Italian word for window, which allows light to come in. The camera's aperture does the same thing. By some accounts the "F" in "F-stop" comes from finestra.

The aperture controls how much light gets into the camera to create the image; it also controls how much of said image will be in focus; we call this depth of field. As we look at photos our eyes are instinctively drawn to what is brightest and/or what is in focus; so the photographer controls  what the viewer will look at first by controlling the depth of field in the photo!

Try it. As you look at photos, make a mental note of what you noticed first.

-Donovan Marks

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  • Nejila Innerarity

    on January 18, 2017

    Very cool.. The difference in the effects you can garnish with lighting are amazing. You do Fantastic work Donovan, crisp, clear, detailed work. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dawn Marks

    on March 26, 2016

    This is great stuff . Didn't realize the thought that goes into getting the right shot. Looking forward to learning more.

  • Darnell Armstrong

    on March 26, 2016

    Simply awesome! Depth of field---to know that we have control of what is seen first by the amount of light we allow in is insipiring. Looking forward to more post.

  • Linda Daisley

    on March 19, 2016

    Great site Donovan. All Hallows Guild loves having you at Flower Mart and in the Cathedral gardens. Also the illustration of Finestra is remarkable - so thats how its done!!!

  • Nicole Commissiong

    on March 4, 2016

    I love this. I'm certainly going to look at photos differently. Tips like these will definitely improve my photographs.

  • Leslie Goddard

    on March 4, 2016

    Amazing. I looked at the photo in a completely different light after reading the explanation ..never realized it took this much technique

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