How to blur a background with the l120

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How to blur a background with the l120
You can blur the background for a creative image. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

The Nikon Coolpix L120 was released by Nikon in February 2011. The camera features a 14 megapixel CCD (Charge Coupled Device) digital sensor that is matched to a high-powered 21x optical zoom lens. This lens provides an 35mm equivalent focal length coverage of 25mm to 525mm. Digital technology and advanced photo editing programs have made it easier to apply different effects to your pictures, like a blurred background. Whenever you can create blurred background effect in camera will save time in post-production editing.

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  1. 1

    Install a fully-charged battery and empty memory card into the Nikon L120. Press the "On/Off" button on the top right of the camera to turn it on.

  2. 2

    Press the "Menu" button on the back of the camera and toggle through the menu screens and select "Exposure Mode". Change the setting to "A" for "Aperture priority". In this setting you control the aperture or lens opening and the camera will select the appropriate shutter speed to create a properly-exposed picture. Using the largest aperture on the lens is represented by the smallest number. This will create a picture that has a shallow depth of field. This shallow depth of field results in the blurred background you are trying to achieve.

  3. 3

    Turn the input dial until the aperture setting is at its largest. The L120 has a floating aperture ranging from f3.1 to f5.8 depending on the focal length the lens is set on. When you set the lens aperture to the widest setting, the camera will adjust the setting as you change the focal length of the lens to the widest opening available.

  4. 4

    Press the shutter release half way down to activate the camera's focusing and metering modes. Press the shutter release all the way down to take the picture.

  5. 5

    Press the "Review" button on the back of the camera to review the picture you just took and confirm the background is slightly blurred.

Tips and warnings

  • Moving in closer to your subject will also help blur the background.

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