Talley wrote in post #18293918
aperture for me is controlling ISO and Shutter. It's just how I think. I don't look at aperture as ooooooo how much blur do I get...
For some reason I just always think about how aperture controls motion.
am I backward?
Yes, your thinking does appear to be backwards.
If you don't think about aperture as the setting that controls depth of field, then what setting do you think controls depth of field?
If you think about aperture as controlling motion, then what do you think shutter speed does?
There are many, many different ways to go about capturing an image, and in order to be a well-rounded artist, it is important to have a solid working knowledge of how to capture images in those different ways.
Some scenes may be most effectively photographed by having a very shallow depth of field. Some may be most effectively photographed by panning with the subject and thereby creating motion-streaked background blur. Some scenes may produce the most compelling images if you have great depth field and render both the foreground and background elements in sharp focus. Some images will be most creatively captured when you have a given background element appear large relative to the foreground subject. Etc., etc., etc.
A thorough, accurate way of thinking about each camera setting and how that setting will result in the rendering of all of the elements in your composition is the best way to think. Otherwise, you run the risk of not being a well-rounded artist, and having all of your images end up with the same general look and feel.
Talley, since I first responded to this thread of yours, I have given more thought to the way you describe the way you think, and it leads me to a question I would like you to contemplate.
When you survey a scene / subject that you are planning to photograph, when you are thinking through the way you should photograph the scene and what you want the image to look like, are you not asking yourself, "How much of this scene do I want to be in focus, and just how out of focus do I want the out of focus elements to be?"
If you are going through that thought process, where you make assessments and decisions about depth of field, does not the aperture factor in as one of the major factors in this decision-making process?