Camera Aperture and ISO Visualized in Handy Chart


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Yesterday we posted an interesting story regarding the high-tech camera that will supposedly show up in the LG G4. According to the marketing materials from LG, the G4's camera will be almost as good as a professional quality DSLR. The conversation in that thread evolved to a discussion about "manual mode" vs. "automatic mode," and included questions regarding the different capabilities a camera has regarding the Aperture and ISO adjustments available to the lens.

Although we can't really comment on the differences between these modes because we don't have a professional photographer on hand, we did find a cool chart which helps to visually explain the differences of the various settings you will find with a good camera lens. We also included a quote in the thread below from the original source of the article to help explain the details of these features.

If there are any pro (or semi-pro) shutterbugs who are members, feel free to add your two cents to this thread and help the rest of us "noobs" understand this fascinating stuff!

Here's our dedicated LG G4 section for further discussion: LG G4 Android Forum at
Here is the quote from the PhoneArena article discussing the image in the OP:

Well, the bloggers at Photoblog Hamburg were kind enough to create this quick-reference graph that you see above. From top to bottom, it shows the various effects of the aperture size, shutter speed, and ISO setting.

So, the aperture size has two effects on a photo. Firstly, the larger it is (counterintuitively, a larger aperture is marked with a lower number, as can be see in the graph), the more light it lets in and the better it represents a depth field in the image – that's when you want to focus on a specific object and have stuff in the background / foreground be naturally blurred, bringing more attention to the actual subject of the photograph. In other words, in most cases – especially for our mobile, casual photography needs, a bigger aperture is almost always a good thing. Of course, professional photographers will like to have a choice and use smaller apertures – for example, when they wish to shoot a large landscape with differently placed objects.

Shutter speed is, of course, the amount of time for which the camera is actually capturing what the sensor "sees". If you are out on a nice sunny day, keeping shutter speed to the minimum will result in great, non-blurry pics, as the sensor will only capture a fraction of a second, not allowing you to spoil the image by shaking your hand, or the objects to move around too much. On the other hand, setting shutter speed too low will result in overexposed pictures, as too much light will get to the image. In darker environments, you will want to lower the speed to allow that light to get in, but not too much as to avoid excessive blur. How do you achieve that? This is where ISO comes in.

ISO is another setting that has to do with how much light ends up on the image. A low ISO will introduce the least amount of light, whereas a higher one will give you more of it. The downside is, as can be seen on the graph, that high ISO numbers introduce noise into the photo. So, when in a dark environment, one must play with the balance between ISO and shutter speed, in order to achieve a photo that is not too noisy and not too blurry. Another example of using the ISO / shutter speed combo to help you achieve better results are sports shots – one is advised to set the shutter speed as high as possible, allowing them to capture the athletes in motion without blurring them too much, and compensate for any lack of exposure by raising the ISO accordingly.
Thanks for the write up. It clears up some of the questions that I have always wondered about, but never thought enough of to investigate!
Thanks for the write up. It clears up some of the questions that I have always wondered about, but never thought enough of to investigate!
Yeah... me too. As soon as I saw it, I thought of your conversation yesterday and decided to post it. :D
I took up photography to learn how light works and how to manipulate it to get desired results. Sort of a kaleidoscope and prism on steroids venture.

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