Creating A Dreamy Blur In Your Photos

Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my photos.

“How did you do that?”

“Is that purposely out of focus?”

“What lens makes your photo look so dreamy?”

“How did you get the water to DO that?”

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I’ll use the above (in focus!) photo as an example.

There are two factors giving the above photo its “look.”

First, it was taken as a long exposure.  The motion of the water becomes soft and almost “fluffy” when you photograph it using a long exposure.

(The shutter is open for a long time which creates a motion blur.)

Second, I added a very slight gaussian blur in post-processing to soften up the look of the rest of the photo.

Details about the above photo are as follows:

•  It was taken just before sunset in Newport Beach.  (Good light is SO important!)

•  It was shot in RAW.  (All my photos are.)

•  I used a Canon 5D Mark III mounted on a tripod.

•  It was shot with a Canon 24mm/1.4 lens.

•  A Lee Big Stopper blocked out a lot of the light, allowing me to leave the shutter open much longer.

•  I used a 30 second exposure at f/11.

•  A slight (approximately a 10% opacity) gaussian blur was added to the photo in post-processing.

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