Tip of the Day - Portrait photography using a zoom/telephoto lens

Usually when you want to take nice portrait pictures, you will use a nice, fast lens, and adjust your aperture to get a blurry background.

The reality is that most people have a simple point and shoot camera that does not allow manual aperture settings, or they don't know how (or why) to change the settings.

Next time you are trying to take a portrait photo, try zooming in all the way and standing back a bit. This will create a blurry background and have a nice effect.  When you do this, make sure to have steady hands and good lighting (this probably will not work well indoors unless you are using a tripod).

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


  1. huh? I don't get it. you should post some pictures to show the difference. ;)


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