Many beginning photographers often struggle with getting a shallow depth of field and their photos. The shallow depth allows the subject to stand out more while the background is blurry. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you get a shallow depth of field in your photography. Some of the things you can do are through the camera itself, while others will require you to purchase a lens. In this article, we will discuss the in-camera settings to get the shallow depth of field.
One of the simplest things you can do is position your subject a good distance from the objects behind them. The farther away from the background they are, the more blurry the background will be. Of course, I realize this could be a challenge in tight places. Luckily, there are other things you can do to help with this.
Many of the modern DSLR cameras have settings that let you choose a portrait mode. On a Canon, the icon is a small head. The portrait mode setting allows you to use a large aperture, making the depth of field smaller. We will cover some of these terms in later posts. It is good to try out the portrait mode while you are learning your camera so you can become more familiar with it.