Hi Remodelaholics! Amy here from The Blissful Bee and I’m happy to be back again with more photography tips to make your photographs shine. The most asked question I get about photography is how to get the highly desired blurred background. You see this technique in all types of photography; portrait photos, product photography and even home photography. I love the blurred background effect and use it all the time in my photography. In my opinion it gives the photograph a much more artistic flair. With the right lens, you too can get this look.
The most important piece of equipment you will need is a lens that will give you an F Stop that goes as low as 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 or even the low 2’s. I use a 50 mm lens that cost me right around $350. There are many types of 50 mm lenses though (with all sorts of price ranges), so I would do your research first! After you have you’re lens, now it’s time to start playing with the F Stop. The F Stop is the feature on the camera that will give you a blurred background (or foreground depending on what you’re focusing on) or a full focus photograph.
Just think about it this way, a lower F Stop will give you a more blurred background and a higher F Stop will give you a lesser blurred background. For example, I chose to focus my lens on this little fox figurine. So since I focused on the fox, with a 1.4 F Stop, my background will be very blurry. Still focusing on the fox, bump your F Stop up few notches and you will see the background will become less blurry.