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One thing that makes a photo of this type more effective is to have a blurred background which makes the main theme stand out. The technical term for this blurred background is bokeh. You will see it used in professional portrait photography 95% of the time. The idea in that genre is to focus attention on the person being presented and not let the viewer become distracted by the surroundings.

You can learn to create this style of photograph by Googling the model of your camera and the terms "how to create bokeh or blurred background with (insert model of your camera here)

There are hundreds of posts and videos which will teach you all the photo techniques you would care to learn. I go to Youtube, since I prefer to see it being done rather than reading about it.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsCheryl Ritchie • July 23 2013 09:15PM


Thanks for the reblog Cheryl. I not only learned about the blurring of the background, I have a way to research my own camera.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago
Love the sharing of ideas we have in the AR community -
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 6 years ago

Good morning Cheryl. This is a wonderful blog about photography and sharing. Steve is really amazing. Enjoy the day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

Very nice Cheryl.  I bet this blurred background would be amazing on certain house photos as well.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 6 years ago

I have found that when I use one of the auto setting that only focuses in the center of my image, it is sharp and the background is slightly less in focus.  Love the photo.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 6 years ago