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Jodi L. Torboli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2004

Clear Crisp Subject with Blurred background

I would really love to take a photo of my daughter where she (the subject) is very clear and crisp with lots of detail and the background is blurry. I am taking a betterphoto digital course this summer (July), but I cant wait. I would like to start trying this now. Can anyone help? I have a fujifilm s5000. Thanks

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5/10/2005 10:43:15 AM

Bob Cournoyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/9/2003
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  I'll bite.
Shallow depth of field (small aperture number) and distance from the background.
Depending on how much of the subject (front to back) you want in focus, you may have to move your daughter further out from the background.
I don't know anything about your (or anyone elses) camera, but if you have aperture priority, start there.....


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5/10/2005 12:11:37 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Tough to acheive with small sensor/short focal length digitals like the S5000. These have large depth of field inherently. Like Robert C. posted, shoot at largest aperture (smallest f-number), get close to your subject and position your subject so that background is far away.

Alternatively, you can get a similar effect using "Gaussian blur" and other digital editing tools.

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5/10/2005 12:44:59 PM

Daniel Diaz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2005
I have the same Camera you mentioned (S5100). To get the effect you want you'll have to do what Jon says here's an example.

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5/21/2005 2:33:00 AM

Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  The S5000, though a small sensor camera really blurs the background nicely. You can look through my photos and see examples (look at the camera as I now have a 20D). The key is choosing your background wisely and putting your subject a good ways in front of it. You can start off easily by simply shooting in portrait mode, go outside at sunset or sunrise (cloudy days are even better) and put your subject at least 5 feet in front of a nice green bush or something equally lovely. Make sure your light (the sun) is behind you (the photographer). Focus on the EYES and shoot. My finalist shot of my son (Michael) was shot exactly like this fairly soon after I began even doing photography. Later as you grow in skill you can shoot in aperture priority and choose an open aperture--but portrait mode does it automatically for you and is good for beginners. Oh, and DON'T USE FLASH!


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5/21/2005 8:04:34 AM

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