How to get a blurry background | Photography

Blurry backgrounds and foregrounds in images are very thought after. If you’ve ever scrolled aesthetic Pinterest photography boards, you see this everywhere.

And I personally love how adding blur to a composition adds depth by framing your main subject and makes the image more interesting.

Depth of field is all about aperture. Aperture refers to the opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. Lower f/stops give more exposure because they represent the larger apertures, while the higher f/stops give less exposure because they represent smaller apertures.

Now depending on brand and type. All camera’s are slightly different. And f/stops fluctuate. My Canon EOS t6 f/stop only goes down to about 3.5, but that ends up being plenty of blur.

The lower you go with the f/stop, the blurrier you image will be. For kids and families an aperture around 2.2 is pretty nice. But playing around with settings and seeing what looks good for your camera and style is a great idea.

I hope that was a relatively simple explanation of how to get that nice, aesthetic blur to the background/foreground of your photos.

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Sincerely,

Sophie Lukin

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