If you don’t have an SLR around, but want to try to get a limited depth of field shot with a professional-looking blurred background, David Pogue of the NY Times suggests backing up and zooming in:
• Set your camera to portrait mode.
• Make sure your subject is far from the background.
• Back away from your subject.
• Zoom in from far away, which will help create a shallow depth of field.
For more tips, check out Pogue’s Photography Tips and Tricks post.