Aperture Priority Mode – How to make a Blurry Background


How to make a blurry background

Check out the video below about Aperture Priority Mode.  Even if you don’t have a DSLR you most likely have this mode on your Point and Shoot camera.

Video Transcript

Hi there! It’s Ingrid from Camerashy. One of the questions that I get asked by my students all the time is, “Ingrid how do you make a blurry background?” A blurry background?  Oh I get it, I know what you’re talking about. You want to blur the background of your photos so you get a nice creamy, dreamy background and your subject really stands out. It makes for a really nice portrait shot. I know what you want to do and it is really easy.

All you have to do is to move out of Auto Mode and move in to Aperture Priority Mode. So how do you do that? Aperture Priority Mode will be AV if you are shooting on Canon or it will be A on a Nikon, Panasonic,Olympus – pretty much everything else right?

So you want to be in Aperture Priority Mode and then turn the command dial to get the lowest aperture that you can shoot with. This would be dependent on the lens that you are using. So, don’t worry if you can’t get any lower than f/5.6 that is probably got to do with the lens that you have on there.(Check that you are using lens that has wide maximum aperture. )

So you need to shoot wide open. When you are


So you are out of Auto Mode but not quite in Manual but you are getting there. That’s Aperture Priority Mode!

Aperture Priority Mode really is the best mode to be in when you are shooting portraits, or photos of your kids or anything that you really want to pin point the focus and blur the background so that you can really tell the story of your image.

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Happy Snapping!

Let me know if you use it in the comments below after watching the video!



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Henri Russell - May 9, 2013

Thanks for the video regarding the blurry background in Aperature Priority. It’s good to be reminded. I sometimes forget this. I appreciate all your tips and videos. I have been able to accomplish the bokeh/blurry background and am always thrilled when it come out like I want it.

Ingrid - May 9, 2013

You are welcome Henri! Lot’s more videos a comin’ 🙂

Usama - June 23, 2013

Hi Ingrid,
good tutorial. I have also written an article on aperture priority mode. It would be great if you could visit my blog and give me feedback regarding my tutorials.

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