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    07-06-2012, 02:30 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question PICTURES--blurring photo's -- photography questions(again)

I know I have been asking a lot of questions but I have a couple more


I took these pictures this morning with my Nikon D40 & a 18-55mm lens... I had it on the setting "S" and had the shutter speed at 1/800 - My question is: How can I get the background to blur? Or even be disorted?


also, which pic if your fav? This was my first time shooting on a setting where I had to set my shutter speed and lighting :)

And does anyone thing that the head shot of my mare Wilma looks funny because the tree behind her? I love that shot because her eye's are so COOL!

Thanks!
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    07-06-2012, 02:41 PM
  #2
Weanling
here are some BLURRED photo's

Here are a couple of pics that I took where the background is blurred...

The kitten pic is on the closeup setting and the shutter speed is 1/60

The flower pic is on the Closeup setting and has a shutter speed of 1/125

I don't have a prob. Blurring "small" things but "big things" like horses, I can't figure out .... help is greatly appreciated
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    07-06-2012, 02:46 PM
  #3
Foal
If you want the background to be a little out of focus you need to keep an eye on your aperture. Basically the lower your F-stop is the more out of focus your background will be. Try shooting on "A", take a bunch of pics of the same subject while changing your aperture and you'll see the difference.

As for making the back ground really blurry, you're going to have trouble doing that in camera unless you're panning along with a moving subject. There are dif editing techniques you can use in programs like Photoshop though.

Hope that helped:)

*Edited to say I like the kitten pic! And, also using a dif lens (one with a longer focal length) and keeping your ap. Low will help get your background soft.*
     
    07-06-2012, 02:56 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kaibear    
If you want the background to be a little out of focus you need to keep an eye on your aperture. Basically the lower your F-stop is the more out of focus your background will be. Try shooting on "A", take a bunch of pics of the same subject while changing your aperture and you'll see the difference.

As for making the back ground really blurry, you're going to have trouble doing that in camera unless you're panning along with a moving subject. There are dif editing techniques you can use in programs like Photoshop though.

Hope that helped:)

*Edited to say I like the kitten pic! And, also using a dif lens (one with a longer focal length) and keeping your ap. Low will help get your background soft.*
Thanks for the tips! I'll try shooting on "A" and see what happens :)

Quick Question; What does it cost to download PHOTOSHOP? I have Picasa.
     
    07-06-2012, 02:57 PM
  #5
Green Broke
It's called bokeh. Get a book called understanding exposure, it's very helpful. I am great at bokeh, on full manual mode, but a lot of people shoot in auto mode. Depends on your camera.
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    07-07-2012, 12:55 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
Thanks for the tips! I'll try shooting on "A" and see what happens :)

Quick Question; What does it cost to download PHOTOSHOP? I have Picasa.
I'm not sure of the exact price...I know it's quite a lot. Maybe around $800?
     
    07-07-2012, 08:59 PM
  #7
Green Broke
What your wanting is motion blur right? Like your taking a picture of a moving object, but you want the object in focus and the background a blur?

Your going to have to lower that 1/800 to something like 1/200, and "track" the object. You may have to go even lower then 1/200. Just try things out and keep going lower till you get it. It will take alot of practice, but as your holding the shutter don't hold the camera still. Move it WITH the object,

If your trying to get a blurred background on a still object, you need a lower Aperture. Basically, the closer you are to the object, and the further the object is away from the background behind it, the more blurry it will be! I hope this helps!
     
    07-08-2012, 09:35 AM
  #8
Weanling
As cakemom said, it is called bokeh. There are a lot of tutorials on the web that explain it really well. The reason you are having a hard time is because in all but one of the photo's your subject is the same distance as the background. Take the picture of the mare's head. The reason the tree looks "weird" is because it is out of focus which is exactly what you are looking for, right?

I like your pictures by the way.

Oh, and Photoshop is very expensive. However, look into Photoshop Elements. It is a lot less expensive then CS and for the everyday photographer it's pretty good.
     
    07-08-2012, 09:41 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kaibear    
I'm not sure of the exact price...I know it's quite a lot. Maybe around $800?
holy cow!
     
    07-08-2012, 09:43 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by uflrh9y    
As cakemom said, it is called bokeh. There are a lot of tutorials on the web that explain it really well. The reason you are having a hard time is because in all but one of the photo's your subject is the same distance as the background. Take the picture of the mare's head. The reason the tree looks "weird" is because it is out of focus which is exactly what you are looking for, right?

I like your pictures by the way.

Oh, and Photoshop is very expensive. However, look into Photoshop Elements. It is a lot less expensive then CS and for the everyday photographer it's pretty good.
uflrh9y:: thank you :)

Thanks for the advice too... I am going to try and learn "bokeh"

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