How do I take photos with a blurred background with a digital camera?

Started Mar 24, 2013 | Questions thread
Port Royal Dad
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Agree with above comments. OPs setup is confusing.
In reply to jennylmb, Mar 25, 2013

jennylmb wrote:

Hello,

I have a Nikon Coolpix L26 Camera and I am trying to take pictures of Canvas Paintings on a wall and shelf with a vase as a prop.....

....I want to get the background out of focus and to show no shadows (i.e. vase),

Do you have any advice please as I don't want to edit much on computer software.

Many Thanks

xJx

P.S. I use natural sunlight at the best hours of the day, I use a tripod and self timer, and am using a little zoom too.

Painting on a wall with a vase for a prop....What background is there to blurr?

And as others have mentioned too, getting a defocused background will be difficult to do with your current P&S camera.

Off topic since you don't have a DSLR and are talking about paintings on a wall.  But as others have mentioned too regarding a blurred background, Generally Speaking, the key when you have a DSLR is to use your longest focal length, widest aperture, get as close as possible and still be able to focus, and have some distance between your subject and the background.

For example:

Canon 30D with 100-400L f/4.5-5.6

  • Focal length 400mm
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Distance to statue, approx 12 feet
  • Distance of background behind the statue, approx 80 feet????

Canon 30D with 100mm f/2.8 macro

  • Focal length 100mm
  • Aperture f/5.6 (note here I did not use my widest aperture f/2.8)
  • Distance to leaf, about 11 inches
  • Distance of background behind the leaf, approx 200 feet???

Best regards, Mike

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