Controlling your Background

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Controlling your background.
 
There are several ways to control your background in an image to make your foreground stand out more. First, you can simply open your aperture to it’s widest setting, but that won’t always allow you to keep enough depth of field for your subject to be sharp. Secondly, you could have the foreground in brighter light than the background, but that doesn’t control the out of focus details. Thirdly, and my favorite, is to use a telephoto lens while having several feet of distance between your subject and background. The telephoto lens will compress the foreground and the background, giving it the smooth soft feeling. I am also able to shoot at around f8 which will give me enough depth of field to maintain sharpness in my subject but keep the background out of focus and soft.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Sony a6300, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, Peak Design Leash, processed in Lightroom CC. #withmytamron
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6 Responses to “Controlling your Background”

  1. I feel like I shoot with my telephoto too often but I do enjoy it for the reason you describe here.

  2. lilybug1960 Says:

    I learn everyday.

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