How do you get pop in a photo without giving it too much contrast?

Started Nov 11, 2012 | Questions thread
Moofner
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Re: How do you get pop in a photo without giving it too much contrast?
In reply to rosesenior, Nov 12, 2012

Shallow depth of field. Use a fast lens (f/2.8 or faster), wide-open or nearly wide-open aperture and your focused subject will stand out against the out-of-focus background with an almost 3D-like effect. Some lenses are better at this than others; most effective with longer focal-lengths, 85mm and up. The 85 f/1.4 or f1.8 lenses are notoriously good, but I use a 105mm f/2.8 or a 180mm f/2.8, both of which are great for 3D-like portraits. Also, the more distance between your subject and the background, the better the effect.

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