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Blurred Background Video: How to Get a Nice Blurry Background When Filming!

December 8, 2021

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Article by Colette Nichol, Solo Filmmaker and Story Strategist

Looking for a blurred background video? You’re in luck. In seven minutes, I can show you exactly how to get a blurred background in the next video that you shoot. It’s actually pretty darn easy.

Read the post or watch the video to find out how.

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This image shows classic shallow depth of field i.e. a blurred background for your video!

Getting a Blurred Background

Have you ever taken a picture of someone that accidentally looked gorgeous? 

The lighting was perfect. Their smile was sparkling—or at least not totally scary. There were no random poles jumping out of their heads. Or herbs stuck in their teeth, And…And…and…

And the background was a beautiful creamy blurry gorgeous out-of-focus dream.

Which made your subject POP even more! Yup, but how did you do it?

Well, in this video you’re going to learn the four things that you need to remember if you want to throw your background out of focus whenever the hell you want.

That’s right, you’ll be the boss of those backgrounds once and for all! Cool. Let’s watch!

So what’s required to get a blurry background in your videos and photos?

Here are a few things that’ll help you:

  1. Get your subject far away from the background.
  2. Use a wide aperture (low f-stop number) like f/2.8 or wider (lower) to get a blurry background.
  3. Use a longer lens i.e. a lens that’s more “zoomed in” to get a blurrier background. For a crop-sensor camera go with 55mm or longer. For a full-frame camera, you’ll probably be okay with 35mm or longer.
  4. Get closer to your subject to get a blurrier background.

Yes, it’s actually that easy!

Right? Filmmaking and video creation don’t have to be hard!

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About the Author

Hi! I’m Colette Nichol. I’m a solo filmmaker and story strategist based out of rainy Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been making videos and micro films for small businesses and global brands since 2014.

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