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    Blurred backgrounds in pictures

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    What gives a photo a blurred background in a picture? I love that look but have no idea how or what to get in order to make that happen. Recommendations would be great!
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    the depth of focus. it generally has to do with the lens, the fstop, etc....
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    errr depth of field. i never achieved that with my regular camera. only now with my DSLR have i been able to figure it out.

    maybe this will help http://smad.jmu.edu/dof/
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    Thanks!
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    My brother has a special lens for his camera that works great for that - but.....VERY expensive.

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    You can do it with several of the photo editing programs also
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    Ok, just asked my brother the exact lens/settings he uses (he produces amazing results)....he uses

    50mm lens at f/1.8


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    Or you could use a lens with a huge max aperture (a low F number)

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    a couple tips, if you are shooting with a programmed mode use the head one its for portraits. MOre distance between the subject and the background and you closer to the subject. Using a wide aperature will be the Number one control you will have over it though
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    or you can use photoshop and Gaussian(not sure how to spell) blur the background tehehe
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    you can do that but it usually looks a little more fake.
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