The secret to creating photos with a blurry background on your phone
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I wish for you fun times with family and friends. If life isn’t going perfectly, hopefully you can be thankful for one or two areas that put a smile on your face.
Have you ever wanted your cell phone to take the kind of picture where the object in the foreground is sharp and the background is blurry (without the help of an editing app)? I don’t always have my good camera with me, and it is nice to know that there are some options for different styles of photographs on a smartphone.
Your phone can do this! I have a Samsung S4 and love to experiment with shallow depth of field. What the heck is that you ask?
Digital Photography School, has a great article on this topic, but the essence is about how much of the picture is in focus. The picture above has a shallow depth of field as it is only the flowers which are in focus.
To create this, I placed the phone fairly close to the flower and moved the focusing square to the flower. On my phone, once you release the square, the picture is taken. You’ll have to play around a bit with your phone, but it is worth it to spend some time.
Here is a shot of what I mean. Normally, the focusing square comes up in the middle of your screen. By moving it to your subject, you get a blurry background, assuming the background is far enough away.
And for fun, you can put a sepia filter on it to make it look really old. If you compare this photo to the one taken with my Canon for the theme nostalgia, you might say the phone does a decent job.
So try this out the next time you are taking a picture. I’d love it if you could share your results in the comments section too!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!