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Old 16th of October 2009 (Fri)   #1
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Default How To Get Blurred Foreground & Background?

I tried to find a photo online that I could copy & give an example here, but couldn't. I saw a photo of a guy standing astride his bicycle, he was kind of off to the right, and the foreground and background was blurred, but he and the bike were nice and sharp. Does that have to be done in PPing or can it be achieved in camera? If in camera, how is it done? TIA!
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Learn to control your Depth of Field
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Take a look at this online depth of field calculator: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
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chellyroo:

That would have been done in the camera, not in post-processing (although the effect can be enhanced in post-processing).

Here's an illustration—a yardstick shot at f2.8: http://www.have-camera-will-travel.c...0d_3105-2.jpeg

Picture the bicycle and rider in the photo you mention being at the 20" mark in this illustration.

Large apertures such as f2.8 will render shallow depth of field. With a smaller aperture, such as f5.6, more of the yardstick would be in focus.

The yardstick example makes a good try-it-yourself project for experimenting with depth of field, by the way.


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maybe it was a shot taken with a tilt and shift lens?

http://kellymoorephotography.com/mooreblog/?p=2327
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maybe it was a shot taken with a tilt and shift lens?

http://kellymoorephotography.com/mooreblog/?p=2327
That was my thought, or a lensbaby. Without seeing the pic it is hard to tell.
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That was my thought, or a lensbaby. Without seeing the pic it is hard to tell.
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http://www.davidellisphoto.com/ in collection 1. I understand how to use a large aperture for blurred background and small one for sharp one, what i can't understand with this photo's style is how the subject off to the right is clear but foreground and background all around him is blurred.
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Looks in focus across the entire image at the same plane as the subject so I'd say it was just shot wide open with an f/1.2 lens probably.
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chellyroo:

That would have been done in the camera, not in post-processing (although the effect can be enhanced in post-processing).

Here's an illustration—a yardstick shot at f2.8: http://www.have-camera-will-travel.c...0d_3105-2.jpeg

Picture the bicycle and rider in the photo you mention being at the 20" mark in this illustration.

Large apertures such as f2.8 will render shallow depth of field. With a smaller aperture, such as f5.6, more of the yardstick would be in focus.

The yardstick example makes a good try-it-yourself project for experimenting with depth of field, by the way.


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please go back to the default font settings. this is terrible. i didn't read it and i am sure a lot of people dont bother reading it.
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The linked shot is simply a fast aperture, nothing trickier than that.
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Looks in focus across the entire image at the same plane as the subject so I'd say it was just shot wide open with an f/1.2 lens probably.
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The linked shot is simply a fast aperture, nothing trickier than that.
I agree with both of the above 100%.
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chellyroo:

That would have been done in the camera, not in post-processing (although the effect can be enhanced in post-processing).

Here's an illustration—a yardstick shot at f2.8: http://www.have-camera-will-travel.c...0d_3105-2.jpeg

Picture the bicycle and rider in the photo you mention being at the 20" mark in this illustration.

Large apertures such as f2.8 will render shallow depth of field. With a smaller aperture, such as f5.6, more of the yardstick would be in focus.

The yardstick example makes a good try-it-yourself project for experimenting with depth of field, by the way.


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please go back to the default font settings. this is terrible. i didn't read it and i am sure a lot of people dont bother reading it.
Me too. Goofy fonts have no place in a forum.
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I agree with both of the above 100%.
That's what I was looking for. Thank you all!
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To the OP, please do not use all caps in any Titles here in the forum. I have changed your title. All caps means you are yelling or are extremely upset. I doubt you were either.

As for what you are asking, if you have a large aperture lens, this effect is quite easy to do, especially if you zoom into the subject. And you can set your camera to any of the multiple focus points so you can decide which part of the frame is in sharp focus and the rest is blurred. You have a 50 1.8, and that lens is wonderful for nice bokeh. Go out and try it at f1.8 and at the different focus points. You'll get that effect.
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To the OP, please do not use all caps in any Titles here in the forum. I have changed your title. All caps means you are yelling or are extremely upset. I doubt you were either.

As for what you are asking, if you have a large aperture lens, this effect is quite easy to do, especially if you zoom into the subject. And you can set your camera to any of the multiple focus points so you can decide which part of the frame is in sharp focus and the rest is blurred. You have a 50 1.8, and that lens is wonderful for nice bokeh. Go out and try it at f1.8 and at the different focus points. You'll get that effect.
Thanks for the advice, especially regarding my 50mm. sorry about the all caps, I've seen lots of them on these boards and didn't think the IM etiquette rule particularly applied here.
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