how to capture blurry background photos.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
get a new DSLR for christmas? no clue how to use it? i'm gonna keep it simple.
blurry background photos (as i call them) are most often used for portraits or any occasion you want the foreground to stand out from the rest of the photo. it's controlled by a fancy term called aperture.
1. put your camera in AV mode, or aperture priority mode.
2. aperture numbers vary according to your lens.
3. for example, a 50mm f/1.4 lens will have the lowest aperture of 1.4. when you see f/random number on a lens, that random number is the lowest aperture your lens can go.
4. the lower the aperture number on your camera, the blurrier the background.
5. start with the lowest aperture number your lens will allow. work up from there.
6. experiment. see what you like. for whatever reason, i hang out in the 2.8-3.5 range.
a low aperture number is also helpful when shooting in low light.
of course, just flipping your camera to AV mode doesn't deem you perfect pics every time. for maximum control of your photos, you'll need to shoot in manual. but i promised to keep it simple.
i dropped the ball on keeping up with photography tutorials. forgive me.
ps: how to capture motion blur pics.