Day 25/30: Wishful Thinking

by - Thursday, July 07, 2011

I wish my lil point-and-shoot could take those cool bokeh images, where the person is crisp and sharp while the background is blurred. I envy others who can achieve this look with their DSLRs. Short of Photoshopping the effect into my images, is there a trick that could possibly work on my type of camera?

sunglasses: Walmart (similar)
necklace: H&M (similar)
jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch (similar)
top: H&M via Elle's giveaway (similar)
sash: Abercrombie & Fitch
flats: Mossimo (similar)

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  1. My camera is a point and shoot too doesn't even come with a remote, which is what I'm dying for right now! On the upside, what an adorable outfit! I know I have that dress too, but I swear I thought it was a skirt for sure!!

  2. i love how you wear this dress as a skirt! i can't wait to get mine altered so i can wear it too. great outfit ideas, cee!

    and manually creating a bokeh effect in Photoshop is probably your best bet... :\

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  3. Your pictures are always amazing, Cee! I always try to do my best with my point and shoot too, but I think the advantage you have over me is that you're willing to venture outside to take pictures. I love the dress as a skirt!

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  4. I have a point and shoot too! I was going to invest in a better camera but I knew I just wouldn't carry it around with me. Good luck figuring it out!

    So gorgeous - I wish I didn't get rid of my jean jacket from my University days :(

  5. What a great look. I love how you paired the girly lace with the denim. You look fabulous!

  6. i'm also a P&S girl. i'd like to find out as well. there are some macro/micro settings on my Canon but i haven't experimented, and am not sure if they will produce the same effect.

    keep us updated!


  7. Nope. Nothing helpful from me, but check THIS out: I am SO getting one when they come out (yes, I'm already on the waiting list)!

    You look adorbs today, btw. As always.

  8. Another effortless outfit using that beautiful crochet dress as a skirt (it's like buying two items for the price of one!)

    I've yet to gather up the courage to take my tripod outside my dwelling. Love the backdrop!

  9. I want to learn how to make my dresses into skirts. I love how you restyle this dress!

    Unfortunately to produce bokeh from a point-and-shoot you have to get really close to the subject. It can be done but is not as easy or effective as an SLR. That said, your photos are always really charming to me.

  10. I love the lace with the denim jacket...unexpected, yet totally works!

  11. I love what you're doing with this dress! You style it so uniquely, but it's always so chic.

  12. I can never get tired of that skirt. It is beyond versatile and I am so jelly belly becayse I do not have one.

    I think the point and shoot camera can acheive that effect but I don't know a trick. My old camera is Sony Cybershot and at one time my husband accidentally took a photo of a sunflower that focused on a flower and blurred the background. He didn't know what he did though.

  13. i have a SLR, but i take my outfit photos on a point & shoot because the self timer is much easier to use. you can try to put it on portrait mode, but that doesn't really do a whole's much easier to get that bokeh effect for a macro shot.

    i love that skirt + jean jacket combo!

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  14. i used to take pics from my point and shoot until my bf got a slr camera. great investment!

  15. Dear Cee,
    You have this fantastic way of making lower-end pieced look like high fashion. I envy that!


  16. this outfit blows my mind. how are you wearing this dress as a skirt like this w/that top over it? what the...

    Almost done w/the challenge. gosh time flies when you're looking at blogs everyday. HAHAHAH.

  17. Lace and denim...lovin' it!

  18. love that you're wearing this lace crochet dress as a shirt! makes it so much more casual and easy going.. i NEVER think to wear a dress as a shirt.. but i think you've inspired me to attempt to do so!!!

  19. @Callandra - Does your camera allow for multiple shots on a timer? Once I discovered that, it has saved me SO MUCH time when taking photos.

    @kileen - Aww man, that's what I feared. With my shaky hands, the "blurred" background will probably look quite fake, hahaha.

    @Jenn - Taking pictures outside is actually not as bad as I originally feared. The lighting is so much better and I'm ok if there are some people out and about. If there are too many, I just move to another location lol.

    @Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) - I love being able to carry around my P+S everywhere right now. The bigger size and weight of a DSLR is one reason that I haven't yet taken the plunge. Want to make a bet to see who takes the plunge first? ;)

    @Style Journey, @Tara, @Jane Squared, @Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies, @Kish - Thank you girls!

    @gold N turquoise - I've played around with the macro settings for some really close objects, but still couldn't get it to work quite right. Perhaps some Googling around the 'net is in order :)

    @Erin @ MomsHaveStyle2 - I played with the pics on Lytro and that is just WAY TOO COOL. I'm still kind of confused on how it works though... AFTER taking pictures we can edit the crisp/blurriness to our liking?!?!? Can't wait to see how photos turn out with yours!

    @Elle - Haha, but you have bf taking pics for you!

    @eek - I think form-fitting dresses are easiest to turn into tops/skirts. Do a trial and error with items in your closet and you'd be surprised how well some outfits work out :)

    @Nelah - Haha, your husband's story sounds like mine. I *think* I used the macro setting but somehow found the right distance/zoomed in feature to make it work. Haven't been able to duplicate it since though :(

    @caroline - Oooh, thank you for the tips! The portrait setting sound like it may work... or at least slightly? I probably have to find the right balance in distance and lighting though, but it's worth playing around with.

    @Carolyn - I'm still waffling about DSLRs being the cheapo that I am :D BUT everyone I've talked to who has gone over to the dark side has nothing but praise to say about them, so that's swaying me even more.

    @AubreyOhDang! - Hmm, not sure. The dress is pretty fitted? Or, the top is pretty fitted and holds the dress in like Spanx, lol.

    @Lisa - Yes, yes do it! It makes playing in your closet more fun :)


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