Bokeh in the background with a 50 mm lens. What am I doing wrong?

Started Apr 22, 2013 | Questions thread
ARShutterbug Veteran Member • Posts: 8,971
Your composition is not the same

You are getting what you expected.  The face is in-focus, and the background is blurred.  If you aren't happy with the sharpness on the face, you need to focus manually and decrease your aperture size for more depth-of-field.  Your example lacks the resolution necessary to notice the problem you are describing.  In your third-party example, the camera is probably much closer to the child.  If you want that appearance, you have to use the same arrangement as shown.  What you have is a child standing up against a tree and not paying attention.

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