How to Blur Portrait Backgrounds in Aperture Mode

Portrait Photography Video Rating: 5 / 5

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14 comments

  1. DogsBestFriend4Life

    Good video, but I finally figured out the manual settings on my canon rebel t3i by myself a few hours ago. It’s actually a lot simpler than I thought. I wish there were cheaper lenses out there that would be low f-stops, but they all cost hundreds of bucks each. I have almost $3,000 in just 4 lenses and I’ve only owned this new canon for a few months. I’m a novice, but learning quickly. Any advice on a starter lighting kit, or a really good microphone for a hot-shoe?

  2. If your aperture is wide open, then the ISO can be lower. However if the aperture is closed (so a higher f/stop) then the ISO needs to be higher to compensate for that

  3. i shot my photographer on the shoulder with my 9mm twice. his depth of field was only around 0.5 before he passed out. that’s background defocus.

  4. KROWBARgameplay

    Does your ISO number affect the aperture number?

  5. Awesome video,easy to understand!
    Thanks,im a new subscriber!

  6. Thank you for the easy to understand video!

  7. Thanks for the comment… Absolutely, the Bokah effect creates beautiful out of focus backgrounds that wonderfully draw attention to your subject. I personally tend to think of Bokah as a specific style of blurring that one might describe as circles of light. Outdoors I find that a good way to get this effect is to use backlit trees or plants as my background. Good Bokah vs.bad Boka a wonderful debate. I I’ll post a few technical links related to this on Monday.

  8. Photographer94025

    Nothing blurry about how Eric explains this; sweet and simple. Isn’t the term “bokeh” another way to describe a blurred background, Eric? 

  9. Photographer94025

    Nothing blurry about how Eric explains this; sweet and simple. Isn’t the term “bokeh” another way to create a blurred background, Eric?

  10. Great tips, thanks! I like how everything was explained in laymen’s terms.

  11. Thumbs up for me Eric, you explain it very well so it’s easy for beginners to understand.
    One point I’ll like to add is that depth of field shortens with the length of the lens and then throw in short distance, it get shallower. Your great tip on parents love their child entire face sharp is an insight for us pros. Yesterday, shot 100 kids at f/11 and f/22 a few we soft. 105mm& tight on head. Goodness gracious shallow depth! So focal length and distance are photographers” tools too.

  12. Thumbs up for me Eric, you explain it very well so it’s easy for beginners to understand.
    One point I’ll like to add is that depth of field shortens with the length of the lens and then throw in short distance, it get shallower. Your great tip on parents love their child entire face sharp is an insight for us pros. Yesterday, shot 100 kids at f/11 and f/22 a few we soft. 105mm& tight on head. Goodness gracious shallow depth! So focal length and distance are photographers” tools too.

  13. I love these. No techie terms or jargon just good common sense tips. Look forward to the next one – it Sounds like fun too.

  14. She has very rosy cheeks. She is very cute though.