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4 Easy Ways to Get a Blurry Background in Photographs

Updated: Feb 26, 2022

Do you want to learn how to capture images with a blurry background?

4 Easy Ways to Get a Blurry Background in Photographs
The best way to get a blurry background (or Bokeh)

It is simple, and anyone can do this. Continue reading to find out how to achieve this effect in four easy steps. You'll find that if you take the time to properly set up your camera, you'll be able to get blurry backgrounds all of the time.

01. Focal Length

You can capture more blur in your image background by using a longer focal length. It's simpler to obtain the desired effect if you use an 85mm or longer lens. I often use a 70-200 lens and can achieve this effect with ease. This isn't the only factor that contributes to the creation of a lovely blurred background. However, if you follow the steps below, you can achieve blurry backgrounds with a 50mm or 35mm lens!

02. Aperture

By widening your aperture, you decrease your depth of field. This will generate more background blur in your photographs. The wider your aperture, the more likely you are to achieve this effect. A wide aperture is usually set between f/1.2 and f/3.5. However, blurry backgrounds can be created with narrower apertures, if you follow some of the other tips.

03. Position

If you want your images to have a blurred background, move your subject away from the backdrop. The background will become blurrier the further it is from the subject. If your subject's back is against a wall or a tree, the blurriness you desire will not be achieved. Encourage your model to take a step forward from whatever is behind them.

04. Post-processing

To add some artistic flair to your photo, or if you didn't get the level of blurriness you wanted. You could always add some in Photoshop afterward. This isn't going to work with every photo. However, if you already have one with a tiny amount of blur, there are techniques to add more in Photoshop.

Did you like this article? If you enjoyed, it and want to learn more about photography. Check out the links listed below. They will help you take your photography skills to the next level. You can also check out my main page: FJA Photography

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