Fake Shallow Depth Of Field In Lightroom
Lightroom Tutorial: How To Add Blur To Photos In Lightroom
Today’s tutorial is going to show you exactly how to fake shallow depth of field in lightroom, and blur out the background in your photos to make it look awesome. From here on out, you’ll be able to blur out backgrounds in your photos without using photoshop. Skip ahead to the tutorial video, or read on for some more information on getting blurred out backgrounds!
First Question – How do I get my photos to have that out of focus background / bokeh WITHOUT editing?
Ever wondered how photographers get their photos too look so blurry in the background? Or how to take photos with a blurry background? Perhaps you find yourself struggling wondering how to get your photos to look like _______, or how _______ edits their photos so that the background separation is so awesome. Many parts of how an image look come down to the skill of the photographer – Lighting, composition, knowledge and mastery of their craft etc. BUT if you’re trying to get blurred out backgrounds in your photos and its just not working, its likely less about technique and more about the gear you’re using. This is one of those rare situations where the gear really does matter more than anything else!
So what kind of camera gear / body / lenses gives you that out of focus background?
Rather than an indepth explanation for why and how these things make your background blurry, for today we’re keeping it short and sweet, and just giving you the summary. There are three main camera gear factors that add that out of focus background to your photos:
1) The larger the camera sensor, the more out of focus your background / shallow depth of field / bokeh
2) The faster your lens (Aperture 1.4 vs 5.6 – lower number = faster), the more out of focus your background / shallow depth of field / bokeh
3) The more telephoto the lens (zoomed in), the more blurry your background behind the subject.
But don’t fret if you don’t have these things or a bunch of money to go buy new camera gear. Today we’re going to show you exactly how you can copy that out of focus background / shallow depth of field / subject separation inside of Lightroom!
How To Add Blur To Your Photo Backgrounds In Lightroom, Video Tutorial:
Here’s how to fake shallow depth of field in Lightroom.
Follow along by downloading the RAW practice file here!
That’s How To Add Blur To Your Backgrounds In Lightroom – Quick and Simple!
We hope this tutorial on how to fake shallow depth of field in Lightroom CC (Or any version of Lightroom) was helpful for you. If you have a tutorial request or question leave it in the comments below. Until next time – Go make something awesome!
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