So, what's the big deal. If you have a shot where the background is too in focus and the image would look better with the background out of focus, no problem. That's what Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or before) is for. That's a hell of an excuse for not knowing what the camera will be doing before you press the shutter. Today's image is pretty (really) straight for a shot by me. Just a little touchup in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (LR4) and it never needed to go to CS6. A friend and I were out shooting a vintage baseball game during this past summer. He was using a 80 - 200 F2.8 lens and I was using some 70 - 300 F4.5 - 5.6 glass. Before the game we did some informal portraits while the visiting team was warming up. He took a couple shots and said "I can't throw the background far enough out of focus to make things interesting". Duh! He had the faster glass and he couldn't get some nice blur???? I turned around to see what he was shooting. He was about twenty five feet from his subject. I asked what F-stop he was on. 2.8 Again. Duh! What focal length? 200 Double duh! I looked at his screen and just shook my head. He had a little blur, but not enough to get that soft background you'd want for a informal portrait. What was the difference between his shot and mine? Hit the "Read More" to find out.
The Art of the Group
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