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P72 face focus blurry background

Hi everyone. I'm new to digital cameras, ah, film cameras too! Point and shoot, that's all I ever did. I just purchased a P72 camera. I know it's basically a point and shoot camera but I have been enjoying it a great deal. Well, my question is, can I take a picture (potrait) of someone and have the background blurry? I see some pictures here and they look great. I would love to be able to do this. If so, how? Thanks for any help or advice.

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Also try making sure the background is in the distance, out of the plane of focus at the subject.

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The key is lower light (not direct sunlight) and standing back far enough that you can use the full zoom for your subject. That should do the trick.

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It's been awhile since I played with my dad's P72, but I think there's a scene mode for portraits. That should open up your aperture a lot and allow you to blur the backgrounds for your portrait.

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Hl, I'm not sure what shooting options the P72 has. But, even in Auto you should be able to do this (Auto usually picks a wide aperture). The key is to fill the frame (at least 50%) with your subject. So zoom in and focus on the face and then while 1/2 pressing, zoom back out a little. Then fire away. You should get an in-focus subject and slight blurring of the BG. You have to experiment with this. If you fill the frame too much, you might get such a small depth of field that the subject's nose is in-focus but the eyes aren't.

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