A bit ago I tried making shorter, benchmark-type goals within the overall goal of learning photography. My first goal was to master blurring the background and focusing on the subject.
Today I practiced this a lot, making sure to note the settings and changes I make and what happens.
Here are some:
The good news is I have the concept down. Raising the ISO, being within 10 feet of subject, and far away from the background, and decreasing the exposure comp. will help make a photo blurred in the background, but maintain correct exposure.
I still need to fiddle with the settings, but it is becoming more and more familiar. 🙂