From my "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" Series of Photography Tips
Early on in my adventures into photography, I was obsessed with getting that creamy blurry background in all of my portraits! My favorite lens for years was the Nikon 85mm 1.4 and most of the time I shot it wide open at 1.4 - gorgeous! 2017 I started using my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 most of the time because I found it had less chromattic aberration (which shows up more with backlighting which I shoot most of the time :)) and was quicker to focus on my fast moving subjects (families and kids!) I'm currently shooting with Nikon D810's and love them 🙂
It's not all about the lens though, although that totally helps! Read through Amy and Jordan's tips on how to achieve blurry backgrounds in your photos. They're an amazing resource for photographers and so fun to learn from!
I typically shoot single subjects at 1.4 or 1.8 with the focus point over the nearest eye. Families, I'll shoot at 2 or 3, but I'm usually pretty far back and the family members are usually pretty close together.
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