abisola

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Hi Shutterchancers

I have a question for you. I'm just starting to potter about with my camera and am stuck at understanding technicalities of controlling the environment. I want to keep the flowers in my view in focus while I keep the background at a blur.

What settiings should I use for a shot that would achieve this? The DOF seems to be too shallow in this shot and I'm missing out the flowers closer to me. 'preciate your help.

So lost...

Hi Shutterchancers

I have a question for you. I'm just starting to potter about with my camera and am stuck at understanding technicalities of controlling the environment. I want to keep the flowers in my view in focus while I keep the background at a blur.

What settiings should I use for a shot that would achieve this? The DOF seems to be too shallow in this shot and I'm missing out the flowers closer to me. 'preciate your help.

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I like your focusing on this one abisola.

To keep foreground flowers in focus and background a blur, you need to focus the lens on the flowers nearest you and use the largest aperture - f1.8 or f2.8 - it depends on the lens. The larger the aperture, the least is in focus, the smaller the aperture, the more that is in focus. The field of focus is about one third in front of the point you are focusing on and two thirds behind. I have a Nikon so don't know your Canon at all but there should be a stop down button or lever that when pressed, allows you to see exactly what is in focus and what is not, you can then adjust your aperture setting to get exactly the effect you want and compensate with the shutter speed to get the right exposure. Hope this helps.

Welcome to Shutterchance by the way smile
Abisola Fatokun: Thanks! I'm still trying to work out how best to manage my Canon's 18-55mm lens 'cos it gives me so little control over what I can achieve at least till I can get a more decent one. I'm currently only able to achieve F5.6 at best sad
Thanks for the tip, though. This means I have to 'learn' my camera even more.

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