Nailing a Shallow Depth of Field Photo with Your Point-and-Shoot

First off, I’m not going to lie to you. Those photographs you love—those artsy ones with a small area in focus while everything else is a dreamy blur—are almost always but always the handiwork of DSLR cameras.

The effect, called bokeh, is created by using a shallow depth of field.

But you probably already know that, and maybe you’ve been trying for months on end to achieve it with your point-and-shoot by following the usual advice: use your lowest F-stop (that is, your widest aperture), a fast shutter speed, and some zoom.
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