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  1. luvmyfamily

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    I saw a photo from a photographer (I do not share photo's on here without permission). The photo was of a girl sitting with her legs crossed, feet firt, face in the back. Somehow, she blurred the feet in the front, making her face the focal point. I've got blurring backgrounds downpat, now I see this....so how do you blurr the front of th photo??


     
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    Same way as the back. It's called DEPTH of field. Depth being the key word. Normally 1/3 in front and 2/3 behind.
     
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    A shallow DOF will do it.
     
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    Depth of Field ... the out of focus zone is both in front and behind the focus plane.
     
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    Focus on her face with a large aperture. Even then some of her body will be in focus because it's in the same plane of focus.

    If you want truly selective focus, get a LensBaby or an expensive tilt-shift lens :)
     
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    Should I use my A-DEP setting instead of M? It looks like you can do foreground or background in focus.
     
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    Understanding and using DOF. Understanding Depth of Field in Photography

    A lot of people consider DOF for background and don't think about the fact that DOF is a range of Focus that will be out of focus not just behind but in front of the range.
     
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    I tried to find an example of an intentional blurring but I dont have one on my phone.

    This is an accidental one and not a very good example. Her hand is blurred though

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    It was shot with an aperture of 3.5 but I was really close so the depth of field was really shallow
     
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    No, never use that mode. It's next to useless, and often makes ridiculous decisions in terms of what aperture to use. I've done some experimenting with it, and now wish it wasn't even on the control dial.

    Use manual mode (or Av), learn about focal lengths, aperture, distance from lens to subject, and DoF distribution.
     
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    Thanks, my bookmark of sites is growing! Lots of homework to do. I know how to blurr background, just not front.
     
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    Yeah!! That's the look I am talking about, only longer, like feet blurred in front with face in focus.
     
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    ^^^^^Yup, this.
     
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