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How to Create a Blurry Background in Your Photograph

Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On May - 9 - 2022
How to -  Creating a Blurry Background in Your Photograph

How to - Creating a Blurry Background in Your Photograph

Many beginners often ask:

“How do I make the background of my photograph look blurry?”

It is actually quite easy to achieve and it can be done in three easy steps. First of all, you will need a DSLR type camera because DSLRs have large sensors and the lenses are interchangeable. You can, however, try using a compact camera, though the results will be less successful.

Step One: Set your lens’ zoom to its maximal capacity.
For example, if you are using an 18-55mm lens, then set your lens to the 55mm focal length. A more telephoto zoom lenses are better, such as a 55-250mm zoom lens. When using this lens, set your focal length to a range of 85 to 135 mm. This focal range is ideal for photographing portraits.

Step Two: Position your model as far away from the background as possible.
The farther the distance between the background and your model, the blurrier the background will seem.

Step Three: Set the aperture to its widest possible setting
The wider the aperture, the blurrier the background will become. If you are using an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, then set your lens to f/5.6 (this is the maximum aperture for the focal length of 55mm). If you are not satisfied with the results from your 18-55mm lens, I recommend you to buy a 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.8 lens. Even though these lenses are fixed (cannot be zoomed), the very large maximum aperture makes these lenses highly suitable for taking portrait photographs.

Creating a Blurry Background in Your Photograph

Creating a Blurry Background in Your Photograph

Read also : Beginner’s Guide to Photography: Controlling Depth of Field
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8 Responses to “How to Create a Blurry Background in Your Photograph”

  1. Joe says:

    Great!! thx 🙂

  2. Cyber says:

    Is Zoom lens for Prim lens better for the Portrait photo with the depth of Field?

    and is Nikkor 50mm f1.8d good for portrait with depth of field?

  3. Senghor says:

    Hi page owner.

    I have question regarded to the wider aperture in your 3rd way to make the blurry background. you said if we use 18-55mm with aperture 3.5 to 5.6 then set the aperture to widest (5.6). but I think the lower aperture number (3.5) is the maximum right? correct me if i am wrong. thanks

    • darkgray says:

      He means 5.6 is the widest you can get at 55mm focal length.
      But yeah, the author should have said f3.5.

      • lorie says:

        No, he was correct. When the lens has an aperture with a range (3.5-5.6) you don’t get the maximum aperture at the full zoom. In other words, the lens will open to 3.5 if you’re at 18mm, but once you zoom out to 55mm then the widest opening is 5.6.

        • elmar says:

          As lower the aperture number,as more unsharp the background is. Thats a fact. I Think the author spoke from shooting in a automatic mode. Set the camera to manuel mode an take low number like 2.5/3,5 ore so on

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