Having problems with your Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera ?

Canon Powershot S5IS Aperture

\015 I recently purchased a Canon Powershot S5IS. Wanting to take shots with the background blurred sufficiently so it is not distracting, important when taking candid everyday shots of children. Have had a play but can't seem to get it to work. Is it bacause 2.7 is widest aperture it has?? maybe someone can help??\015\012\015\012Regards\015\012\015\012Kate Mills.\015

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Kate, sounds like you're using the auto mode and letting the camera choose the F-Stop for you.
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\012You need to use the lowest F-Stop you can for the shallowest field of view, and you can do that and still use an auto mode, if you select the A on the dial, which stands for aperture priority, and select the widest F-Stop.
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\012In that mode you get to specify the F-Stop you want the camera to use, and it adjusts the shutter speed to achieve a good exposure.
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\012That is my favorite mode.
To get a narrow DOF with the 5S you have two choices: Shot from up close with macro mode or shot from far away with the zoom. Of course you also need to select a wide appearture (under 4).
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\015\012At a normal 35-80mm equivalent, in most situations it is impossible to get a decently shallow DOF with this camera.
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