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01-03-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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I am new to DSLR cameras
just bought a kr a week or so ago
I have a few photo's where the main subject is in focus
but the background is blury
not sure how to insert image from my HDD to show you

01-03-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
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01-03-2011, 01:47 AM   #3
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Hi, and welcome to the world of large sensors and shallow depth of field!

In this case, the blurred background may be considered a plus, since it makes the children stand out.

But in order to be in control of depth of field, you need to learn to use the aperture settings of your camera. A large aperture (which, confusingly, is denoted by a small number) gives you shallow depth of field, and also allows you to use a lower iso value (nicer, less noisy pictures) or faster shutter time (you can freeze motion). A smaller aperture, on the other hand, gives you large depth of field, ie you can have both foreground and background in focus at the same time.

The best way to learn this is through experience: set your camera to Av mode, which lets you change aperture manually (while the camera takes care of iso and shutter). Find some close subject and focus on that subject while you take several shots with different apertures (e.g. 3.5, 8, 11) and review the pictures and notice how background sharpness varies.

It takes some time to master a DSLR - good luck!
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There is an excellent website that explains depth of field, and includes a calculator:

Hyperfocal Distance and Depth of Field Calculator - DOFMaster

01-03-2011, 02:07 AM   #5
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thank you both
I have only used a point and shoot till now so a lot to learn
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