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Old Jul 3, 2004, 8:19 AM   #1
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I would like to take some pics of my son and am not sure how to have the background blurred out. I think that it has something to do with the f-stop or depth of field but am not sure.

I have a D-40 Zoom camera...

Thanks for your help,

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Old Jul 3, 2004, 8:46 AM   #2
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Each of the following will contribute tothe effect you want:
  • increase the distance between subject and background[/*]
  • use a wider aperture (smaller f-stop number)[/*]
  • get closer to yoursubject[/*]
  • zoom your lens towards the telephoto end
To do this, you should use your camera in manual or aperture-priority mode, not full automatic.

There are also ways of achieving a similar effect with photo-editing software, like Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. It's much quicker and simpler to do it in the camera when you take the picture, though.


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Old Jul 3, 2004, 11:41 AM   #3
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As Fenlander notes, this can be achieved in Photoshop Elements - fairly quickly.

- Select the magnetic lasso tool
- Outline your son, right click, choose select inverse
- Go to Filters, Blur, Gaussien - select the amount of blur you want.

I've done this many times, works like a charm.
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