Techniques for Background Blur

Started Jul 20, 2006 | Discussions thread
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Techniques for Background Blur
Jul 20, 2006

Got my Canon Digital Rebel XT & kit lens this week and I truly happy with it.

This is my first SLR ever and I am truly amazed by how the image looks so much better than my Dig. P&S. This thing is fast, it feels so high tech and takes crisp, almost 3-D like pictures and I must say it is worth every penny. I intend to use this to capture every single milestone of my baby boy.

Now for my question: Since I am mainly concerned on portraiture, how do I get the amazing portraits with background blur giving focus on my boy? I tried so much last night using kit lens but it seems like I cannot replicate them. Can anyone tell me the technique to create this? Note I only have the kit lens for now.

f-stop?
shutter speed?
tele-settings (mm?)
etc?

Thanks!

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