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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 6:31 pm 
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I'm new to this forum and DSLR photography. I am starting by using apertures, I have a canon EOS 1100D with the lens kit 18-55, trying to take photos where you have a sharp focus and blurred focus behind sometimes it works other times when I press the shutter it switches it round and blurs the close bit and sharpens the background. My settings are F5.6 at 55mm. What am I doing wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Hi Everyone
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 7:23 pm 
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Welcome to the forum Michelle.

It sounds like the focus point you selected was pointing to the background and not the foreground. you can half press the shutter button to focus, and keep holding the shutter button half pressed down recompose the shot. Make sure you are not on continuous focus or the camera will focus on the background again.

I hope this helps you. If I have misunderstood the problem can you please explain further?

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 Post subject: Re: Hi Everyone
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Welcome to the forum Michelle.

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 Post subject: Re: Hi Everyone
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:30 pm 
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Welcome Michelle to the Camera Labs forum. Cujo offered a good explanation of how to consistently achieve the effect you are looking for. I just want to add that you will want to keep your aperture open as far as possible (lowest possible f/-value, which is probably f/5.6 when you zoom in to 55mm) to maximize the background blur. Gordon describes the technique in more detail here:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... ield.shtml

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 Post subject: Re: Hi Everyone
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 4:31 pm 
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Thanks for your help, I will try your suggestions, it's hard to get my head around the DOF etc, but as they say practice makes perfect.


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:12 pm 
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Hi Michelle, as Bjorn has mentioned, i have a series of tutorials at www.dslrtips.com which you may find useful.

You may also enjoy my camera lens guide.

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