Taking An Image That Pops

One of the ways to really make a wildlife image “pop” is to have your subject as sharp as possible with a nice blurred background.

The blurred background allows the subject to pop and draws the eye to the focal point.

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Depending on the lens you are using, the depth of field will change: if you have a f2.8 lens the depth of field will be smaller allowing for greater blurring of the background; if you have a lens that only goes down to f5.6 you will have more depth of field but the principle remains the same.

For this image I used a Nikon D4 and a Nikkor 200-400mm f4 lens. The aperture was set to f4 to ensure the maximum blurring and I had to push the ISO up to 1000 to ensure I had a fast enough shutter speed to handhold the large lens. My shutter speed was at 1/400sec and I used a bean bag to ensure I had even less camera shake.

Expose your balance

Richard de Gouveia

 

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