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Defocus lens or do it in PS

Discussion in 'People' started by Paul Evans, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. I would like to try taking formal portraits with my D2x, SB800 and two SB600's and a couple of umbrellas... however, I have two questions...

    1) what lens should I use? my choices are 17-55 f2.8, 50 f1.8, 70-200VR (set around 80 or 90mm)....

    2) do I need a Defocus lens or can I add blurring or some other effect in PhotoShop to approximate the defocus effect?

    I appreciate any comments....
  2. Logan

    Logan Guest

    well if it helps at all, unless done VERY carefully, if you blur BGs in PS and nick an edge of the person, there can be VERY distracting halos, all the lenses you listed should be more than sufficient, however. just my $0.02
  3. Forget about PS!!!
  4. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I agree with the other, forget about PS. If you want more blur then simply put more distance between subject and background. The DC comes in handy when you can't increase distance or have no control over it. Since you will be using flashes and such, you will be doing formal poses and have control over that distance.
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