How to make selective focus photo with point and shoot camera?
First let me admit that I am a noob in Photography, here is my first attempt in learning something on photography. My camera is Canon Powershot SD880 IS. It is a point and shoot camera for layman like me.
I like the selective focus shots very much. I know that SLR camera is the right one to take a selective focus photo. But I understood from the Reddit community that it is possible to do it with point and shoot camera also with a lot of limitations. The limitation seems to be you should zoom in the object as close as possible. So it should be useful for certain photographs.
Here I am trying to focus Dora doll leaving the background table top calendar blurred. The settings I have given below is for my Canon Powershot SD880 IS camera, but the concept should be applicable for any point and shoot camera.
This is the selective focus photo I shot.
- Leave enough distance between focused object and background. In this case it is Dora doll and Calendar.
- Have enough lighting on object. Since we are going to zoom in closely, flash won’t help. So keep the Flash setting in OFF position.
- Set the camera on Macro mode using the button mentioned in below figure.
- Zoom in the object as close as possible. You should see the blurred background and focused object in the preview screen itself. Just click.
That’s what I did. Hope it would be useful for a noob like me who is trying to do it. Please comment here if any corrections and omissions.