How do I get a blurry background?
It’s one of the most common questions people ask me, so I thought I’d quickly cover it here today.
I am a BIG fan of the blurry background. In fact – I would say that it has definitely become part of my signature look. The sharper the subject and the blurrier the background the better – to me at least. However, to achieve that “blurry background” look, you need to invest in a lens that has a wide aperture (low f stop number). I have the Canon 50mm 1.4, but if you’re not looking to spend a fortune I’d recommend the Canon 50mm 1.8. I shoot in Aperture Priority mode, with my aperture ALWAYS at 1.4, and the focus always on the subject’s eye. Sometimes this can be a bit risky as if the subject moves even a tiny bit, the focus will have changed maybe from her eye to the tip of her nose. But, to me, shooting at 1.4 is totally worth the risks as the results are always breathtaking.
Here are a few examples, all shot at 1.4 in Aperture Priority mode:
Hope this has helped a few of you and that you have a FABULOUS weekend! :)