One very under-used approach,

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One very under-used approach, or 'trick' that can work: if your video camera has a macros setting, or if the lens you're using offers macro, I've found (as have others, once they see it) is that there is usually a zone within which you can set the lens to macro, and still be able to zoom in a bit; since macro really is just allowing the lens to focus very closely, the background will fall off, i.e., shallow depth of field. Its free, its easy-ish (be really attentive to your focus), and looks for all the world like…well, shallow-depth-of-field!

 

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