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How To Choose The Right Lens For Creating Blurry Backgrounds

Here's a tutorial for photography beginners which looks at how you can use shallow depth of field, lens choices and an explanation on aperture.

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Thanks to improvements in technology, creating blurred backgrounds in photos (bokeh) can be a lot easier than it once used to be. There are even portrait modes built into smartphones, such as the iPhone 8, which give the user bokeh-filled backgrounds at the press of a button. 

However, purists will still say that to achieve true depth of field, you're still going to need the right lens on your camera, as well as the know-how of how to create it, and that's where Sheldon Evan's latest tutorial takes centre-stage. 

In the tutorial, Sheldon shows you how to chose the right lens for the effect you're trying to achieve as well as for the budget you have. 

"Perhaps you don't have a fast aperture lens but you do own a telephoto lens," Says Sheldon.  "Well, you can still get buttery smooth backgrounds in your photos and videos (as I explain)."

As well as teaching you about apertures, Sheldon has also shared his Lightroom knowledge with us recently in a quick three-minute tutorial to help photographers speed up their Lightroom editing processes.

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dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 836 England
20 Nov 2017 3:48PM
Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the out of focus areas, not out of focus areas per se.
Not an easy concept for those in the West or those without an insight into the Japanese.

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