Family Portrait with T3i+50mm 1.8 at Home

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Questions thread
Tino27
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Re: Family Portrait with T3i+50mm 1.8 at Home
In reply to Chris R-UK, Dec 10, 2012

Well, the 18-135mm lens certainly gives you more flexibility, but the problem with that zoom lens is that is slides between a minimum aperture of 3.5-5.6. Given that most lens are their sharpest when stopped down 1-2 stops from their largest opening, that would mean you'd be using an aperture of around f/8 or so. f/8 isn't that great for blurring backgrounds.

What I would do is use the 50 f/1.8, stop the lens down to f/4 and have the group move further away from the background, maybe 6-8 feet (2 meters). Then you position the camera at a distance that will get the entire group in the frame. The further the distance between the group and the background, the easier it will be to blur the background out.

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