Real Noob T.T. Focus shots?

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  1. john.kimin.kim

    john.kimin.kim TPF Noob!

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    Yo,
    I'm pretty new to photography, but I've always wanted to those shots where you focus on something very near you, but the background is very blurry. I forgot what the kind of shot name is, but could y'all teach me how to do it. Etc?

    ThankS!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The effect you are looking for is called 'shallow Depth of Field'.

    The DOF is controlled by a few different things. The first is the aperture of the lens. The larger the aperture (smaller F number) the more shallow the DOF.
    Focal length: a longer focal length gives you a more shallow DOF.
    Size of the film/sensor. It's hard to get a shallow DOF with a digi-cam because the sensor is so small. It's much easier on a camera with a larger sensor.
    Distance to subject: The closer you are to the subject, the more shallow the DOF.
    The farther away the background is, the more out of focus it can be.
     
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    Read your camera manual.
     
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    reg TPF Noob!

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    o snap
     
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    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    Lol, this is turning into a conversation that I would expect in South Central LA, with "Yo"s and "o snap"s.

    Anyway, the DOF is mostly controlled by how low the F Stop is. Some lenses have a minimum F stop of 1.2, others can be as high as F/4.
     
  6. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It is so easy to say "read the manual".

    I underestand DoF from my use of a SLR back in the sixties but I must say the manual that came with my Canon S5 IS would be of little help to John asking the question here.

    Big Mike is a class act.
     
  7. maulrat

    maulrat TPF Noob!

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    I apologize if I may have sounded a little inconsiderate when I said, "Read your camera manual". This is one of those questions where doing less than 5 minutes of research on the internet or a camera manual can easily answer this question. Remember when you had no idea how to spell a word and your grade school teacher told you, "Look it up in the dictionary"? This is a similar situation. Sometimes, it is better for someone to do a little research rather than buying a camera, then quickly going to a forum and asking how to use it. Once again, I am sorry if I appeared to have given the cold shoulder.
     
  8. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    From the heading of this forum:

    "Don’t be shy! Talk to other beginners and ask all your basic photographic questions here. "
     
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