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Old Feb 15, 2006, 1:06 AM   #1
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im playing around with my settings and would like to see a great shot of a portrait with a blurry background on the FZ30.

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Old Feb 15, 2006, 8:04 AM   #2
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Put some distance between you and the subject and increase the zoom. Keep the aperature wide open.
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Old Feb 15, 2006, 11:20 AM   #3
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My wife will not pose.....bad hair day.

But this works the same

Chickadee is about 7 ft from the camera...pole about 18 inches behind the bird and the woods are about 15 ft behind the bird



F stop 3.7.... zoom 12X

not much else matters, you just need more distance behind the subject than with a DSLR






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Old Feb 15, 2006, 11:31 AM   #4
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fmoore wrote:
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Put some distance between you and the subject and increase the zoom. Keep the aperature wide open.
hmmm....shouldn't he rather increase the zoom and LOWER the distance between him and the subject, but increase the distance between the subject and the background?
works for me at least
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Old Feb 15, 2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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As has been said, yousimply need to use as large an aperture as possible (f2.8 or 3.7) to reduce the depth of field. Then,as long as there is sufficient distance between the subjectand the backgroundthe result will be a blurred background. Like Gene, I only have bird portraits to hand, but you get the idea.

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Old Feb 15, 2006, 11:40 AM   #6
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just remembered those portraits I posted here once.

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...452383#p452383

Have a look at the second portrait (the girl in b&w). It was taken at full zoom and at the closest distance possible. Aperture was 5,6.
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