Creamy Backgrounds in Photos- 3 Things to Know
Have you ever wondered how to get background blur in your portraits? In this tutorial you’ll learn how to get a creamy, dreamy background with your dslr camera using aperture and other photography tips.
When I started taking photos with my new camera way back in 2010 I saw all these beautiful photos with creamy backgrounds and I just couldn’t figure out how they did it. Even after learning for a while, I still couldn’t quite get it and would try and add blur in photoshop in editing. (Here’s a tip- fake blur looks…fake!)
Then I finally learned that there are three things that go into making a pretty blurry background, while keeping your subject sharp and in focus (super important!). Aperture, distance and focal length.
Aperture is, simply put, how big or small your lens opening is, letting in more or less light. It’s controlled by changing the f-stop on your camera. A low f-stop (1.8 for example) means your lens is wide open, letting in a lot of light and allowing for lots of background blur. That means with a higher f-stop, less light is getting in and more will be in focus.
Distance affects background blur in two ways- the distance from you to your subject, and the distance from your subject to the background. The farther your subject is away from the background, the blurrier it will be. And the closer you are to your subject, the more the background will blur.
The longer your focal length, the more the background appears compressed and more blurry. In the video you’ll see the difference between a 35mm lens, a 50mm lens and an 85mm lens.
Next, watch the video below for more details and photo examples!
Watch the 2 minute tutorial here.
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