Unlocking the Power of Aperture: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Nikon COOLPIX B500

Piper O'Shanassy06 Jan 2023

This article serves as an introduction to changing the aperture on Nikon COOLPIX B500 cameras. Aperture, also referred to as f-stop, is a measurement of how much light enters through the camera lens and onto your image sensor. By adjusting this number you can control how much of that light reaches the frame when taking photographs, giving you more creative freedom over your images. To learn more about settings such as exposure compensation and shutter speed which work in tandem with aperture adjustments read other articles within our blog library!

Overview of the Nikon COOLPIX B500

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a great camera for beginner photographers as it provides basic features at an affordable price. With 16-megapixel photos, 1080p HD video recording and built in Wi-Fi sharing capabilities, this camera has all the benefits of more expensive models without breaking the bank. The B500 also allows users to adjust aperture settings quickly and easily using its dedicated Aperture setting on the mode dial located on top of the camera body - making it easy to control depth of field when necessary or desired.

How to Access the Aperture Settings

If you have a Nikon COOLPIX B500, then accessing the aperture settings is simple. To get started, press the menu button and navigate to ‘Shoot Mode’ from the options list on the left-hand side of your camera's LCD display. Once there, click on ‘Aperture Priority’ mode or select it if Aperture Priority mode has already been set as your default shooting setting. Now look for an image icon with two overlapping semi circles at its center—this indicates that it is time to choose your desired f/stop values (aperture). Clicking this option will give you several choices for selecting different f/stops which can be adjusted depending upon how wide or narrow light enters into lens when capturing photos in manual exposure modes such as Aperture Priority and Manual modes; these adjustments create various effects ranging from sharpness enhancement to diffused backgrounds that are visible through shallow depth of field photography techniques.

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Aperture

If you own a Nikon COOLPIX B500 and want to start experimenting with its advanced photographic capabilities, learning how to change aperture is essential. Aperture refers to the size of your camera’s lens opening and directly affects depth-of-field (the area in focus within any given image). To begin changing this setting on your B500: turn it on, scroll over “menu” at the top left of the LCD display control panel, click through until you find “Shooting Mode menu 1", select that option and then lastly there should be an icon for "Aperture Setting". Clicking this will give you access to all available apertures so that you can make manual adjustments as needed by selecting one from the list or rotating dial. Finally don't forget save settings when done adjusting! After following these steps correctly, now's the time get out there and take some beautiful photos using what feels like professional photography expertise.

Tips for Taking Better Photos with Aperture Control

Using aperture control on your Nikon COOLPIX B500 camera can help you take better photos. Aperture controls the amount of light that passes through the lens and affects depth of field and background blur, so learning how to alter it will give you more creative control over your photographs. To change the aperture setting on a Nikon COOLPIX B500, press “Menu”, then navigate to “Aperture Options” which is located under Shooting Menu 1. Choose from one of three options: Auto Select A-Mode; Fixed Range Control; or Manual Mode (you might have only two depending upon model). Once selected adjust as desired using either up/down arrows for fixed range mode or rotating main command dial for manual mode. Be sure to hit OK when done adjusting! With some practice it should be fairly easy to master this skill in no time - helping make all those snapshots look like works of art!


Now that you’ve learned how to change aperture on your Nikon COOLPIX B500, it’s time to explore the creative possibilities of using this feature. This camera has a wide range of focal lengths and apertures ranging from f2.8-f8 so there are lots of options available when playing with light and framing your shots. Notice how adjusting the aperture affects the amount of light entering into each photo as well as what is in focus or out-of-focus in each shot. Experiment with different settings and have fun taking beautiful photos!

Piper O'Shanassy

Piper O'Shanassy

Piper grew up with a love of animals, which quickly turned into a love of photographing them. She shares her tips and tricks on photography, and hopes she can help you shortcut your expansion of a passion.

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