CC Please JMK

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CC Please JMK

I havent really taken my camera out lately but I wanted to practice today... Ive been trying to work on getting some of that background blur (DOF? Bokeh?) Anyway I got some today but not sure how to tweak my settings to get more... The only way I got these was with some zoom. Ive never been able to get it without.. So curious if somebody could tell me what that means? Im lost

I think they are a bit underexposed but I have a hard time telling.

1/125
iso 100
f 5

1/125
iso 100
f 5

1/200
iso 200
f 6

1/125
iso 200
f 5

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You shouldn't have to zoom to get the background blur. I do get what you're saying though. Remind me of your camera, maybe I can google to get a better idea of what you can put it on to get that without zooming.

Kaia's eyes are very sharp in the first one, love it! the focus looks like it's more on the jacket strap than his face in the second. the 3rd is underexposed but you should be able to brighten okay (it's not bad, just a little). and I sure wish Alo was looking in the last one!

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A little underexposed, and you'll have to work with layers in PS to brighten up the face without overdoing the sky. Also, you could have opened your AP a bit and/or brought the SS to 160 while at ISO 200. I noticed you did SS 125, but at ISO 100. The bokeh is created with shallow DOF and the thing that controls DOF is aperture. The lower the number the wider the aperture opening... What lens are you using? How wide does it go? They say two stops in from the widest setting is generally the ''sweet spot'' so if it's the 50mm 1.8, you'd what to go no lower than f/2.2, but it does take practice shooting wide openn. I would say just drop down to f/3.2 - f/4.0 and play with that... however if you're shooting more than one person you may find that you need to close up a little more than that, and even more with each additional subject that you want in focus in the frame. This helped me understand DOF: http://dofmaster.com/

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I agree, they are a tad underexposed. And it sounds like you got some good advice on getting the depth of field, too. My only other advice is try to remember the rule of thirds, making sure your subject isn't quite so centered. I know it's hard with kids sometimes, though. You see the shot, and who cares where they are in the frame? Just snap now before the moment's gone! Lol Keep shooting, though.. it's the best way to learn! And of course getting advice from the awesome ladies here.

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Molly Thanks for the link. Im just using a P&S so no fancy lens for me. The widest I can open AP is 2.8 and sometimes my camera doesnt let me. Ill have to check that link out. I dont know why but I thought the more closed the AP was made for a better background blur. Guess I was wrong!

I have a Canon Powershot SX110 so I am somewhat limited

Thanks for the CC so far guys. I didnt want to do anything with these just trying to practice. I did get a pic of Alo looking but he was making a very funny face and it was OOF. I wasnt concerned with comp on these either. Just trying to get that background blur

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I think these show a lot of improvement! Lovely quality to these pictures...looks like you found the right light to work with. You are very limited with your point and shoot in regards to how much blur you can achieve...but you've done well. I think I read somewhere that a 2.8 on a P&S is like an aperture of 11 on a DSLR.

Pictures aren't exactly underexposed....but they could use a little post processing boost.

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"CourtneyS" wrote:

Molly Thanks for the link. Im just using a P&S so no fancy lens for me.

Oh I'm sorry, lol, it's so hard to keep straight who has what around here Smile