What is a stop of light – Photography tutorial



In this video we explain what a stop of light is, essential tips for photographers.
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The term “stop” comes up a lot in photography and can be confusing, so in this video we explain what exactly is a stop, and how can we use the cameras aperture, shutter and ISO to control it.

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44 thoughts on “What is a stop of light – Photography tutorial

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Very helpful! Now I can take more photos in manual and have a better understanding of the meter and how to properly adjust the camera. Thanks so much for the help! You explained in simple terms that anyone can understand.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Great explanation, thank you! Finally cleared up some confusion for me about the over/under exposure scale!

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Where has Paul been all through my photography life?! He is an amazing teacher who explains these things in a language I understand:) I truly thank you Paul!

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Excellent explanation! It’s funny I’ve been photographing for years but the concept of stops always mystified me. Thanks for demystifying stops!!! 👍🏻

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Brillant Paul you have a great way off explaining your chosen subject .
    Would you do a video on focusing
    Landscape .Great videos as always

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Have a Canon 7D mark II – seeing squares when viewing thru the view finder-grid display is disabled.
    How do I get rid of the squares I see on the viewfinder

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Hi Paul, sometimes I feel overwhelmed between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings. Subscribing to your channel and following your videos has provided me with the much needed knowledge and confidence to produce better images. Your presentations cover a variety of important topics for beginners and for more advanced photo enthusiasts. Your overall style and explanation of each topic makes for an enjoyable learning experience. Keep up the great work! Thank you, Sir.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Hi Paul thank you for the way you have described stops very well done. My question relates to the exposure triangle. When looking at exposure is there a correct sequence to adjust and if so what is the correct order between aperture, shutter speed and ISO?

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    I am so excited with this video as I was just at that exact place on Wednesday. My photos were not too good, however after watching this video I can go back and try again. Thank you sooooo much.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Hi Paul. I have been watching your tutorials for a few months now. Watching yesterday's video about the f stop it all became so clear of what it is. You have a gift in making photography fun and simple for us. I am grateful for your effort and teaching. Stay safe, enjoy life down under! Best regards from Greece, Dimitrios dimitrios.aminus3.com

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Great work; I have a question on which you adjust the most to get the correct exposure ISO, f number or shutter speed, does it make a difference what you are shooting so or which you adjust?

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Wow. I've watched your videos about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, light meter etc and pretty much got the gist from the videos but for some reason this video made all of those click for me. Thanks a bunch! It all makes a lot more sense to me now.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Hey Paul, Thanks for the vid! You do a great job. Just a heads up… ISO isn't based on light, although the scale (stops) is the same. It's just signal amplification:) The signal is created from photons hitting / propagating through the sensor. This produces free electrons thus signal. When you amplify the signal by increasing ISO you also amplify the noise that's contained within the signal. Thought you might want to know. Sorry to bother you if not!

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Thanks for this tutorial. As always, so helpful. I do not have Nisi filters but I do have K&F Concepts ND and GND filters set with rings. Wanted to learn with less money and then move to expensive Nisi. But somehow, do not know how to work them OK with my canon camera with its wideangle lens or any lens. could I request a tutorial of some sorts on this topic. Thanks.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Quite simply the most effective photography tutor on YouTube, your explanations are easy to understand for us beginners and I have learnt more from your channel in the last 6 months than any other. Photography is the art of capturing light and you explain it so well. Keep up the great advice Paul its invaluable when starting out on such a great hobby 👍 before much longer, with your continued help, I will stop regarding myself as a beginner but I know there is a long way to go and much more to learn

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Desde el borde de la civilización, saludo y felicito a Paul por sus programas y su extraordinaria capacidad pedagógica.

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Hi! I love your video, really really helpful.
    I’m a new subscriber..is there a video with tips for landscapes photography?

  • February 24, 2021 at 21:05
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    Paul …. I was an avid photo nut … purchasing my first Canon QLFT 35mm camera while serving in the Navy during Vietnam. I've used that camera, (with almost no manual modes) and was pretty proficient, in film speeds, f stops, and shutter speeds. But life kind of got in the way over the last 20 years, and I rarely picked it up, in part, because digital cameras took off … I bought more than my share of point and shoot digital cameras … enjoyed the concept of digital, but delayed buying a DSLR equivalent for my Canon, as they were too pricey (and the multiple lenses I bought for the 35mm wouldn't be capable of carrying over to the digital.) Then I retired … time on my hands, and point and shoot cameras had to fill the bill …. until one day, two years ago, I walked into a pawn shop nearby that was advertising, that it was going out of business … and found a slightly used Canon EOS Rebel T1i with two lenses and battery charger for $121.00 US. So I now own a decent digital DSLR camera, and forgot everything I knew and used about film speeds, f stops and shutter speeds. That and at 70 years old, lessened eye sight … but I have been a subscriber for several months and am finding a lot of great information … helping me on my way to use some of my spare time, back in photography. I want to here say … Thank You.

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