I recently upgraded my iPhone to a XR. It’s bigger and oooh! I think it’s better!
While talking to the Apple rep about the new features, we were going over the camera and she was telling me about how cool it was that I could change the f/stop!
She said she took photos on the side and she couldn’t make that awesome soft, fuzzy, blurry (it’s called bokeh) look on her camera, she had to do it in Photoshop. I was like, WAIT.
Hold up! YOU CAN do that on your camera!
I told her how even if she wasn’t ready to be on manual yet, setting your DSLR to “AV” (Aperture Priority) lets you set the f/stop so you can get that soft bokeh, and your camera will take care of the other settings.
She was so excited to know this and to try this when she got home! 🙂 I was happy that we both gave each other tips we could use.
Now full disclosure, many kit lenses don’t go down to f/1.8-2.8 (those give you the MOST blur), but you can go down to the lowest number available to get the closest you can to that effect!
The AV setting was my first setting off Automatic, and I used it for a good year as I was learning my camera. It’s a great way to start learning what your camera can do, and if you like that look the new “portrait” setting on your iPhone gives you, try this out!
Give it a try, and have fun!