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Old Dec 27, 2007, 6:18 AM   #1
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which is the best way to blur background (and foreground for that matter) while keeping subject, usually a portrait, sharp. The portrait setting on the fz8 does not do it very well
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Old Dec 27, 2007, 7:21 AM   #2
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Large aperature (small f-stop number), greater subject to background distance, and longer focal length all will contribute to blurred background. Start with the first and change the other variables if you need more "blur"
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Old Dec 27, 2007, 9:34 AM   #3
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The portrait setting on the fz8 does not do it very well
You're also hampered by 2 other factors:

1. Small sensor size on the FZ8

2. Physical focal length of the lens

These are two aspects which affect depth-of-field (DOF) - or how much in front and behind your subject is in focus. To get the maximum blur, use the widest aperture the camera has (does the camera have aperture priority mode?) Then zoom out as far as possible given physical constraints of the location - this will mean you must back up some more.
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