Soft focus – wide aperture #photography
Wide apertures are great for portraits and close-up shots of people. At events, wide apertures are preferable because they also allow us to shoot at faster shutter speeds.
As the days get darker and we lose more and more light I shall be using aperture priority and shooting wide open much of the time. One of the main reasons people get blurred photos is poor light and then the camera sets the shutter speed too slow. I set my camera on aperture priority and the widest aperture and then check the shutter speed. For a scene where I want to freeze movement, I'm looking to get a shutter speed of 1/100 of a second. For this picture, I chose a wide aperture and had a soft focus filter on the lens.
A wide aperture will bring your subject into sharp focus with a blurred background but that isn't always flattering, especially for older people. Using a soft focus filter softens the image but you really need to remove the filter for the narrower aperture shots.
I visited the pet stall after I had finished taking photos and bought nuts for the squirrel that visits my garden. You can see the soft focus effect more clearly in this picture. The aperture is narrower bringing the stall into focus.
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