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A Thorough Explanation of the Math Behind F Stops

By Anthony Thurston on August 11th 2013

We all know what f stops are and what they mean, but do you really understand the math behind it all? I thought I had a pretty good understanding of f stops and then I cam across this video below and I realized that while I did understand the basics, there is so much more going on that what you think.

So here it is, probably the most thorough and easy to follow explanation of f stops and the math behind it all. The video below is a great tool to help educate new photographers on what exactly an f stop is and behind the scenes action going on with each increase/decrease in a number. Special thanks to Dylan Bennett for posting this to YouTube.

What did you think? Pretty interesting stuff, huh? Did this video help you get a better understanding of F stops and what is going on behind the scenes of the numbers? Let us know in a comment below. 

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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