Blurred Foreground / Background

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  1. Jane Hird

    Jane Hird New Member

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    I am currently doing an online course and have been asked to take photographs with a blurred background and blurred foreground. I followed the instructions/narrative but cannot seem to get the right affects. Does anyone have any suggestions please.
     

  2. Caladina

    Caladina Active Member

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    choose a shallow depth of field then put the subject in the center, if you only have kit lenses you can try increasing the distance between the three objects, background,subject and foreground, the focus will be on the subject there fore the front and back will be blurry, use a low ƒstop, higher ƒ stops have a larger depth of field
    or you could cheat and do a photo stack with blurred instead or sharp images.
    another way but more complex would be to have the subject still and both the back and fore ground moving
     
  3. GDN

    GDN Well-Known Member

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    What is the choices of lenses that you can work with? I see that you have a 50mm macro lens. So if we use that lens, focus on a subject that is close to the lenses minimum focusing distance. Select a wide aperture, f2.5, and see how you get on with these settings.

    Gary
     
  4. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    You beat me to this reply Gary :D
    Yep not much else to say, get close to subject, or zoom in on your telephoto to compress the background, and shoot wide open or close to. 2.5 and 4 should show some reasonable bokeh.
     

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