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09/14/2006 04:14:08 AM · #1
Can anybody advise me(in the simplest explanation), how to shot his kind of photo: Potrait with a crisp subject againts a beautifully blurred backgound, using Canon 350D + kit lense (no macro lenses).
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I really appreciate your help.

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09/14/2006 04:17:44 AM · #2
change to F3.5
get very close to your subject, background far from subject.
that should give you maximum shallow DOF as you requested
09/14/2006 04:21:18 AM · #3
Originally posted by crayon:

change to F3.5
get very close to your subject, background far from subject.
that should give you maximum shallow DOF as you requested


And go as long as you can on your focal length.
09/14/2006 04:30:51 AM · #4
Another option I guarantee you wouldn't regret is to get a 50 mm 1.8 lens. They are usually around a 100 dollars and it will give you super sharp images with the shallow depth of field that you want.
09/14/2006 04:31:48 AM · #5
Originally posted by virtuamike:

Originally posted by crayon:

change to F3.5
get very close to your subject, background far from subject.
that should give you maximum shallow DOF as you requested


And go as long as you can on your focal length.


Yep - that would be 55mm on that lens
09/14/2006 04:45:17 AM · #6
Thanx guys.

Any other advise, esp. not using other than the kit lense.
09/14/2006 04:48:45 AM · #7
Originally posted by adriannayusof:

Thanx guys.
Any other advise, esp. not using other than the kit lense.

of course, you can blur-out the background in photoshop...
09/14/2006 04:49:40 AM · #8
Definitely check out that 50mm f/1.8. When you get it, make sure you shoot at least f/2.8 though because it's soft as ^@#$^ wide open.

I don't shoot anything less than f/3.5 with that lens. I actually don't like it, and would recommend you getting the f/1.4 if you have the cash, but if not, the f/1.8 WILL give you some nice results.

check my portfolio for my first job which was almost exclusively shot with the 50mm and an earlier set which was about half with the 85mm f/1.8 USM and about half with the 50mm f/1.8.

It's not my favorite lens because I don't like the way it syncs with the camera, but it WILL give you nice bokeh.

As an aside, be careful with your backgrounds... that window in the BG of the original pic is a bit strong.
09/14/2006 06:10:44 AM · #9
Thanx guys... I need to try the with the basic lense first
09/14/2006 03:53:53 PM · #10
crayon's advice is right on if you aren't ready to try another lens...
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