Here's how you can take beautiful-looking portraits, even when the background is unattractive.
Exposure Explains is a new series showing you how our featured Exposure photographers take their winning shots. This month, we're looking at , which is all about making the most of your shooting situation, regardless of the background.
Benny likes to use a 50mm f/1.4 lens to take his portraits, as it provides a shallow depth of field, which is ideal for achieving that "blurred background" look. He also uses a circular polariser to help diffuse the backdrop and draw attention to his subject. You can achieve a similar effect by shooting with your lens set to its widest maximum aperture.
Read more on the sorts of lenses available for your digital SLR in our lens-buying guide, and how to get started with using your camera in manual or aperture-priority mode.
For more tips and tricks, and to see some more of Benny's work, make sure to check out his.