Originally Posted by varpybrain
2) if after focusing, everything looks clear :lol: (which is not wat we want), try walk back 5 to 10 steps, zoom it in to the exact framing just like u were standing near. Re focus it on the object. you should be able to get the unfocused effect in the background.
3) Stand further and zooming in will usually solve the problem for me.
Thanks for the tip, but in the case of the spider picture, standing back wouldn't have worked because there was a street sign that would have been in the picture.