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  1. Kathleen

    Kathleen TPF Noob!

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    I heard about blurring the forground to draw attention to the subject in the background. I saw a photo where the the foreground flowers were blurred and the background was sharp. Curious as to whether it is an error or whether it is an effect that some photographers go for. If it is, does anyone know of a site/s that explains it.
     
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    Maybe I am totally off but couldn't you just adjust your DOF and be close enough to whatever it is you want blurred while focusing on whatever it is behind it you want sharp?

    To heck with if it was someone elses error. If it's an effect you like just go for it! :)
     
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    if you like it do it.
     
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    I think it depends on the situation - sometimes it can look good and help to focus your attention on the object in the distance, while other times it can be a bit distracting, like the photographer has forgotten to focus. I'd say give it a go and see how it comes out - if you like it, keep it!

    As for how to do it, just focus on the object in the background and the foreground will naturally be thrown out of focus.

    Pete
     
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    in your composition, it is not automatically the foreground which matters, it could also be something (large) which is far away, and you might want to separate this from the foreground. then you will blur the foreground. no error here.

    there might be even situations when you want the main subject out of focus! it really depends on the story you want to tell and is not subject to any rules. If an image works and has the desired effect on the person looking at it, then it has been done the right way. whatever that way might be.
     
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    I do it sometimes for the DOF effect.
     
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    It's just another method of framing.

    Sometimes people use their photos like they would their bodies in a game of charades. Striking a pose or posing a shot, each can be a metaphor.
     

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