How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?
I'm planning on taking Christmas cards with my dog and self in focus with the Christmas tree and lights blurred out in the background like in the picture below.
I have a Nikon D3200. The lowest f stop is 3.6 I believe 15-55mm.
I'm able to have the fstop low and have the background slightly blurred and our faces clear, but am unable to get the background as blurred as the picture below to the extent lights turn into circles. If I do blur it that much then the faces are not clear.
Does this have to do with the distance the camera is to us, or we are from the tree behind us, etc. I can move anything closer or father to better achieve the desired affect.
I can take a picture of three all blurred out and then a picture of us clear and overlay them in photoshop but I'd rather accomplish it all via the camera if possible.
Any suggestions such as recommend fstop, aperture, distance between camera/us/tree, type of focus to use, iso, etc or general guidelines. Thanks!
Image Here: http://photodune.net/item/christmas/978148?sso