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Portraits with the D5000 kit lens(18-55VR)

troy69

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troy69 Registered since 19th May 2010
Wed 19-May-10 01:50 AM

Hi Everyone,

I am really glad to have stumbled across this wonderful site. Thanks to all the forum members who have shared their wealth of information with the rest of us, 'newbies'.

Though not new to photography, I am new to DSLR photography and would appreciate a little help from the knowledgeable members here.

I have recently purchased a new D5000 with the Kit Lens(18-55/1.8-5.6 VR)and the 55-200VR additional lens along with it.

I am trying to take portraits( with a blurred background) at the moment using the kit lens only in quite(but not excessively) 'dim-light' conditions. Indoors with two normal fluorescent lights.

With the following settings I cannot get the background to blur no matter what I do(with the kit lens) . I get the effect with the 55- 200( on a higher zoom length) but not with the kit lens. I want a similar kind of effect with the kit lens. Is it possible? Any setting recommendation would be greatly appreciated. I do not mind experimenting with the Manual mode as well so setting provided for that would also be welcome. Thanks in advance.

My setting for 15-55(kit lens) are as follows:

ISO - 800
Flash- Yes
Flash Power- 0.0(default)
Exposure Compensation - +0.5
Zoom - 55
Mode - Aperture Priority
WB -Auto
Picture mode- Vivid ( I want the contrast to stand out)
Aperture- 4 ( the camera does not let me go below this, no matter what the zoom length is, why ?? )
Shutter Speed - 1/60( automatically set by the camera).
Focus - Autofocus.
VR-On

Once again, thanks for all the help.

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