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How to get bokeh effect (Panasonic lumix dmc-zs5)

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Uploaded on Jun 18, 2011

This video is about a very easy trick to get the bokeh effect with point and shoot cameras (digicams). Usually point and shoot cameras don't have the manual focus option (except for canon s95 and few others). Hence, you cant get a good background blur let alone the bokeh. Moreover, the camera continuously updates focus so you get detail depth of field. Follow these steps to shoot bokeh

1. if your camera support continuous auto focus during video mode then turn it off. Else, get a new camera :). Panasonic lumix z-series cameras have this option.

2. Enable macro mode if available to decrease the focusing range.

3. Now using half-press, try to focus at any near by object (like your hand), getting as close as possible to the lens, so as to focus-lock with shallow depth of field.

3. Press the shutter button full down to start recording. Point at light source such as street lamps or headlights. Works great on streets.

Edit out first few seconds where you were locking focus. I wish there was an option to enable/disable Continous AF during recording using half-press. Same technique could be use to take pictures. Subscribe if you like it. Thanks

This video was shot with lumix dmc-zs5 on Ave Du Parc, Montreal.

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