What is “got f-stop?”?

"got f-stop?" is the photography blog of award-winning photographer, David Simchock.  It was officially launched in March 2012.

What kind of content can be found on “got f-stop?”?

got f-stop? is in its early days, and will certainly evolve over time.  To get things started, David will be creating posts about:
  • Tips & Tricks for photography enthusiasts
  • Insight on "Travel Photography", including "the story behind the image" of some of David's worldly work
  • Digital Workflow advice (i.e., Adobe Photoshop Lightroom)
  • Focus on "music" photography, including concerts and festivals
  • Photography / Art events in and around Asheville, NC (David's home turf), as well as other parts of the world
  • Reader / Subscriber suggested topics

How can I suggest a blog topic for “got f-stop?”?

Simply click the "got ideas" flag on the left side of the blog and submit your suggestion(s).

Is “got f-stop?” interactive? Can I submit comments?

Absolutely!  David welcomes all comments, good and bad, but they will be monitored (due to spam invasions).

Are guest bloggers welcome on “got f-stop?”?

To get things started, David will be handling all of the blogging, but at some point in the future he will be taking on guest bloggers.  In the mean time, simply submit and idea that you would like him to blog about, and then you can provide comments once David has the topic covered.

Where can I purchase a “got f-stop?” tee shirt?

"got f-stop?" tee shirts are available via mail-order HERE. Alternatively, if you can purchase them directly at David's RAD Studio in Asheville, NC.

What the heck is an “f-stop”?

An f-stop is a photographic term relating to the size of the aperture opening of a camera's lens.

f-stops are typically numbers like this ("full" stops):  2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0, 11.0, 16.0, 22.0, 32.0.

In modern digital SLR cameras (DSLRs), there are usually two f-stop numbers between each of the full stops listed above.  These other numbers are "third-of-a-stop" increments.

The wider the aperture, the smaller the f-stop number, the more light comes into the lens (and, the shallower the depth-of-field).

The narrower the aperture, the larger the f-stop number, the less light comes into the lens (and, the deeper the depth-of-field).

With regard to "full stops", as an aperture number gets larger (by a full stop), half the amount of light comes through the lens. For example, an aperture of f/5.6 lets in twice as much light into the lens as an aperture of f/8.0.

Why do the smaller number represent wider apertures, you ask?

Because, an f-stop is actually a fraction.  For example, an aperture of 2.8 is actually written as f/2.8.  Therefore, the smaller the f-stop number, the larger the fraction, and the wider the aperture opening.

Hmmmm, perhaps David should create a blog post about this!

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