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Old 08-03-2010   #1
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Default Cant seem to get this effect .

Ive been trying to acheive this style of picture for a while now but i cant seem to get it. Just a simple bokeh style shot. For me its either everything is clear or everything is blur. Im wondering if this is possible with my lens which is a canon 18-55mm lens that came with my camera. Is it the lens? or is it my technique? Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-03-2010   #2
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Is this hand held? For a night shot like this you'll probably get better results by using a tripod or monopod. What focus method are you using? It appears that the scarf is in focus while the face is a bit soft. If you're using a pattern mode, try using a spot method, and focusing on the near eye. What aperture was this shot at? Try closing down a stop or two and it will give you a little more depth of field which will have more of your subject 'in focus'.

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Old 08-03-2010   #3
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I was trying vth M.Focus Mode n aperture I put near 3.2, n definitely i use tripod for night shots.
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Default Re: Cant seem to get this effect .

At 3.2 I'd suppose your depth of field would be shallow enough. Is your subject near the focal plane? The further the subject the deeper the depth of field. Are the background elements distant? Remember for every unit of distance in front of the subject that is in focus, there are two units behind the subject which will be in focus. Not a big deal if the units are inches, but if you are dealing in yards, those background elements are going to need a long distance to be thrown into a blur.

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Default Re: Cant seem to get this effect .

Also note that the shape of the highlights in the background will depend on the lens you are using. Some aperture blades will give you a hexagon shape instead.

If you really want to go wild you can cut out your own "filters" you put over the lens that can give you different shaped highlights...I have the creative aperture kit for my Lensbaby, and it has stars and hearts, a heart example:
http://www.dphotojournal.com/images/...erture-kit.jpg

and a star example:
http://www.demystifyingdigital.com/i...uble-Glass.jpg

How you can do this with a lens that's not a Lensbaby:
http://flash.popphoto.com/blog/image...okeh_heart.jpg
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Who made the photo you have posted?

I get the impression from your post, it isn't yours?
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Who made the photo you have posted?

I get the impression from your post, it isn't yours?

Ya! As i told in my earlier post I am trying to achieve this type of Bokeh Fx in my photography N Don't Know Got this photo from one of my friend.
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To get the shallowest depth of field possible, use full zoom, wide open aperture, and make sure your subject is as far from the background that you want out of focus as possible.
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This is done with a fast telephoto lens shot fairly open. 70-200 f2.8 and the like. Shoot at the longer focal lengths @ 2.8 or 4 and you'll have your shot.


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Try a 50 1.4 or 1.8 at f2 or 2.8


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