How to Blur the Background With a Canon Sx30 IS

by Stacey Tarini
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The Canon SX30 IS is a compact digital camera with 14.1 megapixels and a 35x wide-angle optical zoom. Its features include face and blink detection, image stabilizer, high-definition video and quality low-light photos. The camera’s f/2.7 aperture and special shooting modes allow users to focus on objects or people while blurring the background of an image.

Step 1

Turn the mode dial on top of the camera clockwise to select the “SCN” option, then press the “FUNC SET” button on the back of the device. This will open up a list of shooting modes from which to choose.

Step 2

Choose the correct shooting mode by pressing the left and right arrow buttons until you get to a graphic that looks like a building with a car next to it.

Step 3

Press the “DISP” button and move the white frame to select the area to keep in focus by pressing the up and down buttons.

Take a picture by pressing the shutter button on the top of the camera. Press it halfway down until you see a blue frame centered on the object you want to focus on in your image. Then press the shutter button down completely.


  • Be careful to hold the camera steady, as any movement can blur the entire image.


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About the Author

Stacey Tarini has spent more than a decade as a communications specialist, with a strong focus on writing and editing. She has written on a wide variety of topics for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as promotional content for a national nonprofit's marketing materials. Tarini holds a Bachelor of Science in business communication from Bentley University.

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