Relation between dust and aperture setting

Started Mar 30, 2014 | Questions thread
SushiEater Senior Member • Posts: 7,980
Re: Relation between dust and aperture setting

jfriend00 wrote:

When you shoot at a small aperture, the small aperture is excluding the light rays that come from the outer parts of the lens. As such you end up with only light rays that are of very similar angle through the lens. This means that the light rays hitting a given pixel on the sensor are generally all arriving in at approximately the same angle. This means that a dust particle that's on the glass above the sensor is going to cast a much stronger shadow on that particular pixel and thus it's effect will be quite noticeable.

If you shoot at a large aperture, the entire lens are is used to collect light and light arrives at a given pixel from many different angles. Because the light arrives from many different angles, the dust particle doesn't cast a very pronounced shadow on the pixels and thus you don't notice it as much.

Not even close. Regardless of aperture used the entire lens collects the light. At large aperture light hitting the sensor is straight (er) and at small aperture light is at the angle scattered more thus you get diffraction. It works exactly the same as your eyes. The more you squint the more you see in focus (DOF) but squinting does not prevent seeing less. No matter what your entire pupil collects light you see. The brighter the light the more pupil contracts.

It's the same reason why you use a large softbox to make soft shadows or no shadows (light comes from many different angles and thus doesn't make well defined shadows) and why a single point flash makes well defined shadows (light comes from only one angle to each point in the subject and thus casts a well defined shadow).

The soft box makes light to go around the object and it doesn't have to be large but the larger it is the more light goes around. And it is not the only reason. Bouncing light can eliminate shadows too by simply throwing light on the shadows.

 SushiEater's gear list:SushiEater's gear list
Nikon D810 Nikon D500 Nikon D5 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +13 more
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow