Depth of field

Get your aper­ture right for flat­ter­ing por­traits and blurred back­drops

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Wide aper­tures re­strict depth of field and en­sure blurred back­grounds – but how wide do you need to go? Here, the dif­fer­ence be­tween f/2 and f/5.6 is ob­vi­ous. You might think f/5.6 – the typ­i­cal max­i­mum aper­ture of a stan­dard kit lens – is fairly wide, but for beau­ti­ful blur it’s of­ten not wide enough. This is why a prime lens with amuch wider max­i­mum aper­ture is of­ten used to shoot por­traits (see page 112 for more on this).

f/2 f/5.6

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