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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:06 am 
She is the only "thing" in focus. Nothing else a front or behind her

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:11 am 
At the top of this page there is a link to DSLR Tutorials, in there Gordon has a video explaining how to blur the background of portraits. If the background I'd out of focus then likely so will the foreground, the video explains all.

If you've got any questions after the video ask away :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:06 pm 
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Two words - wide aperture. Search for "Narrow Depth of Field" - that's the proper term for the effect your seeing here. A wide aperture is used to achieve this.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:14 pm 
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Yup I believe u use a wide aperture (small F number) and have ur camera focus on the subject (the girl in this case) and everything in front of and behind will be out of focus.

This is easy if u are manual focusing. If u are using auto sometimes the camera will want to focus on the glasses and not the girl so you would have to switch to manual or single point autofocus and move the focus point to the girl


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Note as a fair warning that though this is done with a very large aperture (what is referred to as a 'fast lens'), it is also something more likely to be possible with a large sensor. DSLRs and APS-C mirrorless cameras will have significantly shallower depth of field at large apertures than P&S cameras - so just because you find a P&S camera with an aperture of F2 doesn't mean you can match the results - the sensor in even a good P&S camera is 10-12x smaller than the one in a DSLR.

Focal length, distance between subject and background (and foreground), and distance between photographer and subject can all play a part in getting a narrower focus area on a subject, either in combination with a large sensor, or to help a smaller sensor achieve better results.

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What camera do you use?

We can assist more then. There are many ways of conducting this technique. An example of it would be 'macro' (flower symbol) mode, or full manual. How you conduct it will depend on your camera and level of experience.

The best method would be using a interchangable lens camera with a macro lens, but there are other ways.

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