Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Outfit Of The Day: Quick Sundress And Some Questions For You

A change here!  For a while, I've been wanting to take my pictures without flash, so I have to try out some photography reconfigurations.  My normal spot doesn't work because it faces alway from windows, my natural light.  I was also worried that Bandit would get weirded out by a new location.  Here, I'm turning almost 180 degrees around so that I face the windows.  Now, my camera is nothing fancy.  Definitely not a DSLR, but it's not completely awful, and it does decent macro photography.  I kinda like this set-up, but since I'm a live-aloner, self-timer camera person, I don't know how to get it to auto focus on me and blur the background (keep in mind, I live in an apartment, hence the boring beige walls).  Enter my super-basic Photoshop skills and a bit of googling.  I took this shot, then used the quick select and blur tool to blur out the background.  It's not half-bad, in my opinion...considering.  What say ye, Dapper Bun readers?  Yay or nay to this arrangement?  Suggestions?  Please share, opinions welcomed!

Dress: Lola
Shoes: BCBG Maz Azria "Agreice" {here} {and here} {last seen in this post}
Belt: Target {last seen in this post}

For comparison, here's the shot straight out of the camera.  

And another I took that is cropped, with me standing farther from the camera.  I don't like the lighting as much and the quality is grainier.


karebear304 said...

I like the other spot better. The curtains made a good backdrop for the outfits. Out of these choices the blurred is my favorite. No matter where you pose though, you guys are adorable!

downtown la chick said...

I love this background! It is a nice change. You are looking lovey as usual. <3

Katherine said...

You look GORGEOUS! So pretty...and how adorable is the bunny? Love it all!

Fleetie said...

Hi, and "Hi" to Bandit Bunny!

To blur the background (the effect is called "bokeh", and it's very sought-after), you need to use as wide a camera aperture as possible.

Since I don't know what camera you use, I don't know whether it gives you any control over that. What model is it?

Basically, as aperture gets wider (f/2.8 is wider than f/4, is wider than f/8, and so on; so f/2.8 would be best for bokeh), then depth-of-field decreases, so that objects not at the in-focus distance will blur off more.


Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the info, Fleetie! I thought bokeh was the blurred points of light in a photo background. Anyways, my camera is a old hand-me-down Sony from my dad (says it's from April 2002), a DSC-F707. I don't think it has those fancy settings. ;-(

Fleetie said...

Those blurred points of light (that look so good!) are just an example of bokeh, which is more general than just lights.

You might be in luck! Your camera DOES give you control of aperture; the mode is called "Aperture priority", and you enable it by turning the mode dial on the top to "A". Then you need to select the widest aperture it will give you, which seems to be f/2.0 or f/2.4 depending on whether you're "wide" or "tele" mode.

Try that, let it rip, and let us know!

Anonymous said...

keep the other backround! it is much brighter.

Fleetie said...

An example of bokeh lights I did a few months ago


Carrie Couch said...

I like the lighting and blurring...however I don't dig the background. Its a shame you can't just combine the two! LOL. screen would be super fun! LOL