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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:14 pm 
Hi everyone,

I have an Olympus C4000 digital and I'm having problems with my depth of field. I have been trying to stay off Auto mode and I'm still learning about my settings. I know what settings are supposed to do, but can't seem to get this right.
When I set my aperture to like F2.8 the background is still in focus. Is there something else I need to select???
What am I doing wrong????
How can I take pics with the background blurred???
What settings are

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks

Jeff


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:35 pm 
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Hi Jeff, you're doing the right thing.

For a small depth of field (eg a sharp subject on a blurry background), you should...

1: select the smallest f-number you can

2: Zoom your lens in - this accentuates the effect

3: Get Close to the subject - this also accentuates the effect.

4: Make sure you're focused on the subject!

Trouble is the tiny sensors and subsequently tiny focal length lenses of compact cameras mean they inherently find it hard to achieve a very small depth of field, so you may never get your background truly blurred. See our gallery shots for some compact cameras and look out for the portrait images and you'lls ee what I mean.


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