|Laura Denman by Mary Denman Photography|
Have you ever seen photos where the subject is nice and clear while the background had a soft, blurry feel to it? Today, I'm going to give you some tips on how to create that effect in your pictures.
This is my girl. I love her smile.
Let's get started!
COLLAGE 1: In this first collage, we can see how far the subject, my fun daughter Laura is away from the background.
|COLLAGE 1: The distance of the subject from the wall by MARY DENMAN|
I'm letting you see the full picture, messy flower bed, soccer ball and all. Why?
First, because I wanted you to really see how far away Laura is away from the brick wall.
But by focusing in on your subject, you can eliminate a lot of the clutter. So let's go to . . . .
COLLAGE 2: Each of these pictures corresponds to the one in the first collage. Now that I've zoomed in on Laura, you can see the dramatic difference of blurring that occurs based on how far she is away from the wall.
|COLLAGE 2: Creating a blurry background by the distance of the subject to the background by MARY DENMAN|
Can you see the difference?
So what can we learn from these examples?
TIP 1: The further the background is from your subject, the blurrier the background will be when you zoom in on your subject.
TIP 2: Move! Either move your subject or you move. Just a little fore thought can make such a difference. A couple of feet (or a meter) can improve your shots dramatically.
TIP 3: Take better pictures by zooming in and cutting out, or cropping, the clutter around your subject. That's why I showed you the first shots. If you hadn't seen where my daughter was standing, you may have assumed it was a great location we had gone to. Instead, it was just my driveway and weedy flowerbed. The brick wall is my house.
|Rock Side Flowers by MARY DENMAN PHOTOGRAPHY|
These are really practical tips that can help you create shots that you want.
But they don't apply just to taking portraits. They also apply to inanimate objects like these flowers on a rock wall. I was looking down on them from above.
What's that blurry background behind them? A lake that was several feet (a couple of meters) below them. The distance created the blur.
Next week will be Part 2 that will explain other ways to create blur.
So, grab your camera and go try to put these tips into practice!
Hope they help!
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