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Old Aug 5, 2006, 2:43 AM   #1
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I was just wondering how to blur the background with the p850 reply asap
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Old Aug 5, 2006, 6:32 AM   #2
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i think you set the lowest possible aparture e.g. f.3.8 or something like that.
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Old Aug 5, 2006, 10:44 AM   #3
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Yes thats it :-)
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It is hard to get a lot of background blur with small sensors that result in short focal lengths. Besides using aperture priority and setting the largest aperture for a given zoom you can mess with the depth of focus. It is much easier to do on a SLR but you can get some of the effect with your camera since you have manual focus.

If you are focused on something 6 feet away everything from maybe 4 feet to 10 feet will be in focus. When you work with the DOF you might find that if you focus at 4 ½ feet everything from maybe 3 ½ to 6 feet is in sharp focus. That would include your target at 6 feet and give you considerably more background blur.

I would take several shots because it is pretty hard to determine on your EVF or LCD whether the focus is really sufficient, even with the blown up center. I've done it with EVF cameras but it isn't as much of a science as it is with lens markings and good viewfinders like you find on SLRs.

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slipe is right. Also by zooming in you increase the depth of field! Also use a spot focus!

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