Noob digital photography question

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by Saraluna, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Saraluna

    Saraluna TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hi all!

    I must admit that while I like to take pictures, I'm pretty ignorant of technical jargon/other things photographers know. So please bear with me!

    My question is this;

    I have always liked photos where one subject in the foreground is in very crisp focus while the background is indistinct and blurred. Is this an effect I can achieve with my point and shoot digital camera? It's a Canon powershot.

    cheers!

    :)
     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,797
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Selective focus, and shallow depth of field, and subject/background isolation are three key phrases that describe what you like. Achieving those three similar results can be difficult but not totally impossible with a digicam. The easiest thing to do is to photograph a close subject with the lens zoomed to a long telephoto setting, with the background very distant behind the subject. Using a manual mode, or another canned mode that will give you a large-aperture, no-flash shot, take the photo. You ought to get at least some semblance of subject/background isolation if yuo follow the near-subject, background very distant way of setting up shots.
     

Share This Page