Taking the mystery out of photography


These are some of my favorite photos. I love that the subjects are clear and that the background is quietly out of focus.

I’ve tried for an embarrassingly long time to figure out this photography technique. As it turns out, it is very simple. If you have agonized with this as well and you are a visual learner, you might appreciate this tip.

Whether you have a point and shoot or a fancy SLR, you can achieve some level of this effect by following a few tips.

I personally use a Canon Rebel XS with an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens II however previous to this camera I used a Canon PowerShot G5 which is also an amazing but non SLR camera. Of course camera quality and a great lens makes a huge difference but chances are that if you are utilizing your camera to its fullest potential, you can turn out some amazing photos with a little practice. For point and shoot cameras remember to switch from Auto mode to Portrait to attain this type of picture.

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  1. The camera tips were great. Tried it and it worked, Yehaa!! Thanks

  2. Kim, I'm looking forward to the next tip. I haven't tried to take any pics yet, but I was able to set up my camera to do so using your guidance. Can't wait!!


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