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Old Oct 8, 2003, 9:40 AM   #1
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Default How to force off focus background on FZ1?

There have been times that I have taken pictures and I wanted the background to be off focus and the subject to stand out.

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I wanted the deer to stand out and have the background off focus. This particular shot I believe I forgot to set the camera to portrait mode, but even when I do have the camera in portrait mode this does not always happen.

I took this picture yesterday in portrait mode, but the background is in focus.


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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:11 PM   #2
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good question.. i have done a lot of tests and i still can't understand how to do that.. maybe with f2.8 will be hard.. unless you are using the macro mode..
if anyone has some tips please tell cause i'm also interest
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:29 PM   #3
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Well, it does happen sometimes:





But how can I make it happen when I want it to happen??
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:55 PM   #4
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in that case it happend cause you were too close from the subject.. i guess..
a few days ago i took this 2 pictures. i was far from the subject but i don't know why i were able to focus that 2 plans.. but unfortunly i can't do that again... lol


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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:56 PM   #5
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Great photos by the way!
What you are looking to do is to obtain a shallow depth of field. This is accomplished by using a large lens aperture. It's easily done with aperture priority, but since the FZ1 doesn't offer that feature there is another trick you can use.

To better understand, ask yoursely why would the lens need to open wide? The answer is obviously because it needs more light to properly expose the picture. We can "force" this to happen by using a low ISO value, thereby making the camera less light sensitive. If you are in a bright situation, you can also add on an ND filter.

Be careful because it's also very easy to have the shutter speed go to slow.

For close-ups the portrait mode will also force this to happen.
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 3:18 PM   #6
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We can "force" this to happen by using a low ISO value, thereby making the camera less light sensitive. If you are in a bright situation, you can also add on an ND filter.

Be careful because it's also very easy to have the shutter speed go to slow.

For close-ups the portrait mode will also force this to happen.
So, if I force ISO 50 or 100 that would do it?

I have a NDx8 (for waterfall pictures) but that would probably be too slow.
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 3:41 PM   #7
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Default try portrait mode

try with portrait mode and much tele you can

this is one of the earlier shots I took with the FZ1

http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?p...685906&size=lg
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thanks for your advice.. i guess this is what we were missing. unfortunly we have to be far from the subject if we don't want a close up but it might work. my 2 pictures were probably with full zoom that's why they are good and i didn't noticed

by the way.. check my little galery at http://www.bytephoto.com/photopost/s...pe=2&si=v1p0n3 if you want. only 4 pictures there but all with my fz1.. comments are welcome
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There's always the Photoshop way! :lol:

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Old Oct 8, 2003, 7:01 PM   #10
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lol
nice one
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