How to take pic with out of focus background?

Apr 16, 2018 9:15AM PDT

I have a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS25. I've never taken anything but auto focus pics with it. How do I take a pic with subject in focus and background out of focus? Or am I better off using an App to manipulate the pic afterward? If so, which App? Thanks!

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This was kicked around at link. It's all about DOF.
Apr 16, 2018 9:45AM PDT
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How to take pic with out of focus background?
May 9, 2018 3:50AM PDT

For a blurry background you want to create a shallow depth of field. Use the 50mm lens and in Aperture Priority mode (AV on Canon, A in Nikon), set a large aperture, which is a low f-number, around f/1.8 or f/2. Put your subject as far away from the book case as possible, 10-15 feet if the room allows.

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This effect is called bokeh
May 29, 2018 5:14AM PDT

You can google bokeh or shallow depth of field. It requires a low f number though.

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