Blurry Background Photography Tips

A NICE BLURRY BACKGROUND, AHHH.
Does your brain start to spin when you start talking about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture? Not to fear, my friends! It is really quite simple. You just need to take it piece by piece and understand each term. So lets talk a bit about aperture, shall we?
When you adjust the aperture on your camera you are adjusting the amount of light that is coming into your camera through your lens but you are also adjusting the amount of blurriness in your photo. (If you are reading this and thinking…aperture? I never adjust my aperture because I have my camera set on auto…tisk, tisk. It’s time to get it off auto! :) ) An example of a small aperture is f/22 (“small” referring to the opening of the lens) whereas an example of a very large aperture is f/1.8. (I know it sounds like that should be switched around but stay with me…)
large aperture (small number, ie: f/1.8) = lots of blur, a small plane of focus
small aperture (large number, ie: f/16) = less blur, a large plane of focus
Let’s take a look at some examples:
See the range in background blur?
As you can see, having a very small aperture of f/11 gave me a wider focal plane thus making more of my picture in focus. Whereas having a very large aperture of f/1.8 or f/2.8 gave me a narrow focal range thus making more of my picture blurry.
There you have it, now go out there and take some blurry background photos!
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~Katie
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  1. says

    Oh my gosh, I love blurry backgrounds. Thank you for this helpful guide and explanation on aperture size. A picture’s worth a thousand words, as they say!

    PS: Your first image is a broken image. I’d love to pin this article if you bring the image back!

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