Note that it is in fact possible to achieve the selective focus effect using image editing programs. You can simply select one part of the photo, keep it sharp and then blur the rest. However, personally, I choose to shoot the image with selective focus because the effect always looks more natural.
So how do you achieve selective focus? Here are some tips.
For selective focus, try choosing your widest f-stops (i.e. aperture size), such
as f/2.8 or f/4. Couple this with a fast shutter speed to ensure enough light is
present in the photo. I also recommend using a neutral-density filter to allow
you to use wide f-stops.
A good tip is to zoom in as much as possible, or choose a telephoto lens. I've
achieved much better results by using strong telephoto.
Locate Out-Of-Focus Areas
Another trick to achieve the selective focus technique is to search for an
element that can be strongly out of focus. For example, if you're shooting an
insect, choosing to have out-of-focus leaves surrounding the insect is a good
Angle To Subject
This tip takes a bit of practice, but is very effective at times. Choose an
angle to the subject that causes background and foreground elements to be
farther from the focused subject. This causes them to be strikingly out of
With the advent of digital photography, you can (and should) check your
composition in the LCD to be sure the in-focus and out-of-focus areas are
Well, I do hope this article has helped you understand how you can apply the selective focus technique to breathe more life into your photos. Try these tricks out the next time you're out shooting close-ups - you'll be amazed at the professional looking results.
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