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How can I maximize the “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect?

I know that this effect occurs when there's a shallow depth of field. My question is, what are the various ways I can increase this effect in my photos when I'm taking them? Note that I'm not ...
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3answers
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Why do people move their cameras in a square motion?

I often see photographers while they're about to shoot, they move their cameras in a rapid square motion while having the subject in their camera before proceeding with the shot. What am I missing? ...
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

I was wondering how I take a picture of a waterfall in motion but also have a person as my main subject. I know I have to use a slower shutter speed, and use a tripod to get the water in motion. How ...
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5answers
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What are the depth-of-field capabilities of point & shoot cameras?

Is it possible to show following by using a point-and-shoot camera? shallow depth of field deep depth of field
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Is the bokeh in this picture naturally occurring, or added in post-processing?

Click here for picture I feel like the blur is not natural. Looks like it was Gaussian Blurred with the couple as the center. What do you guys think?
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Can focus stacking (or a similar technique) also be used to reduce depth of field?

Instead of using multiple images focused at different points to extend the depth of field, can I also reduce it? Does a technique exist to reduce focal length by stacking multiple images that are ...
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4answers
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How does a stitched panorama compare with a wide-angle lens?

I wish to take wide-angle shots (e.g. of a large building or the inside of a small room) but don't have a wide-angle lens. What differences will I get if I shoot the scene with a narrow-angle lens (...
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4answers
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What kind of lens is typically used for these type of night street shots?

I've been trying to duplicate the depth of field like in these photos on snowy nights and I'm not getting comparable results. I'm using a 35mm prime lens at f/1.8 on a D3100. So my question is: Are ...
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How to maximize the blurred background look with a distant subject (for example, 10m away)?

What lenses do I need in order to achieve the amount of bokeh that's on the image below? I am quite new to dslr photography, and I want to buy a new lens. My main objective is to get strong bokeh ...
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3answers
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Wide-angle Lenses and Panorama

Due to limited budget, I have been thinking I need to save money and not buy another lens. However, I also want to shoot wide angle. So I think whether there are differences between using wide angle ...
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How to achieve shallower DOF using multiple exposures?

For static or semi-static scenes, there are many ways to "simulate" certain features actually not feasible on single photo using the technology the photographer has. For example, wider field of view ...
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Need recomended lens for both “full body portraits” & “family or groups” both with background bokehs

I am planning to buy modular lens style DSLR (Sony ILCE-QX1), it has 20.1MP APS-C, 23.2 x 15.4 mm sensor. http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-us/products/cm32/index.html?contentsTop=1 However, to ...
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What advantages does the Brenizer method have over Photoshop blur?

I have seen a lot of posts lately about the Brenizer method. It looks smashing, but at the same time, I am fairly certain I could recreate the look using blurred layers in Photoshop. Apart from ...
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3answers
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How to focus on more objects at the same time while maintaining shallow DOF?

How can I focus on more objects, say three dogs sitting in front of you, while maintaining a nice background blur/shallow DOF? I have a kit lens ranging from 18-55mm with a variable aperture of f/3.5-...
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2answers
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Will stepping back and using an FX lens on a DX body get the same “look” as the same lens on an FX body?

Using 85mm as an example, how can I get the same "85mm look" (shot on a FX camera with an 85mm FX lens) on a DX camera with the same 85mm FX lens?? I know a 58mm FX lens (87mm DX equiv), shot from ...

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