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    Default Qs for Portrait taking

    I don't have images to show, so please try to understand. thanks

    When taking portrait: I using a 50mm f1.8 len, the picture i took. it will focus on the face sharp and the background is blur (in a circle shape). but the shoulder is blur too.

    My question is, how to get the whole model sharp and the background is blur.

    By adjusting the aperture to a bigger number? or what?
    Nikon D90 | 18-200mm VR | 50mm f1.8| Tokina 11-16mm f2.8|Sigma 30mm f1.4 |SB900
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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    if u wana get a overall sharpness for the subject, try to use a higher aperture no.

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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    thanks for the quick reply.
    If i use a higher aperture, does the background still blur?
    Nikon D90 | 18-200mm VR | 50mm f1.8| Tokina 11-16mm f2.8|Sigma 30mm f1.4 |SB900
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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    It will still depend on the aperture used, but of cos distance of bg between subject still matters.

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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    Higher aperture number (meaning smaller aperture) results in deeper Depth of Field, so more of the image will be sharper.
    Another way is to step back, creating more distance between yourself and subject.
    Background will still be blur, but may not be AS BLUR as in your first attempt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinestars View Post
    thanks for the quick reply.
    If i use a higher aperture, does the background still blur?
    Less than at 1.8, but it will still be blurred. I suggest you try f/2.8 to f/4.

    Read more about depth of field.
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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    I think u might meant this.



    Try using a smaller aperture to increase DOF and stand further from the subject. I'm also using a 50mm.
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    Default Re: Qs for Portrait taking

    1) Stop down.
    2) Move further from the subject.
    3) Move the subject further away from the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    I think u might meant this.



    Try using a smaller aperture to increase DOF and stand further from the subject. I'm also using a 50mm.

    Yes, as u can see the hair and shoulder still blur. coz i saw other ppl post their photo. the whole model is clear with background blur,even they shoot from the waist level.
    Nikon D90 | 18-200mm VR | 50mm f1.8| Tokina 11-16mm f2.8|Sigma 30mm f1.4 |SB900
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinestars View Post
    Yes, as u can see the hair and shoulder still blur. coz i saw other ppl post their photo. the whole model is clear with background blur,even they shoot from the waist level.
    I purposely created this effect as i was shooting at f/1.2. If i stood further away and stop down to f/4, i'll get the effect that u wanted.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Thanks everyone!! i got what i want now.
    Nikon D90 | 18-200mm VR | 50mm f1.8| Tokina 11-16mm f2.8|Sigma 30mm f1.4 |SB900
    Sony W300

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