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Old Nov 5, 2009, 5:34 AM   #71
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In order to get the backgrounds to blur you need to get a shallow depth of field. In order to ddo that, you need to use a large aperture. In this shot, the background is relatively close, and you probably used the long end of the zoom range of the kit lens which doesn't have a very large aperture. So in this type of situation, you're not going to get blurred backgrounds.
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Whats the difference in the lens I got and this one EF50mm f/1.8 II lens . Is one better than the other?
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The 50/1.8 has a much larger maximum aperture than the kit lens, so it would have a much smaller dopth of field. That's what you would need for blurred backgrounds in that situation.

But a shallow depth of field is a double edged sword. The DoF can be too small. The 50/1.8 wide open shooting a subject at a distance of 5 feet has a DoF of 2.4 inches. that means that if the boy's nose was in focus, his ears wouldn't be. So that's something you'll need to experiment with.

You never mentioned wanting a blurred background before now. We could have cautioned you about this before now if we had known. Do you have any other objectives for your new camera?
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I got my big lens today and shot a few pics. I had to delete quite a bit but got a few good ones. It was a lot of trial and error adjusting the shutter speed and f thing. What is that called?
Here is a collage I threw together
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... It was a lot of trial and error adjusting the shutter speed and f thing. What is that called?
"... f thing ..."?

That's the F-number or Aperture. It's the size of the hole through which the lens admits light.
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nice mary.

as you progress in you learning, your "keeper rate" will definitely increase. there are a lot of resources online to give you detailed and basic information on using your camera, and of course we are always here for specific answers.
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