I guess it would be good to start something like this as well. Share your tips, tricks, and questions about photography right here. @Baldhead_J, as @Meggie said, they used some Nikon glass or "AF-S 85/1.8." This is what is known as a "prime lens" in that it is a fixed focal length. This is opposed to a zoom lens that will allow you to change the focal length, or zoom in and out with a twist of a ring on the lens barrel. The only ring on the lens that Meggie used is for focus. So she has to move herself closer and further from the subject to "zoom." As for the sharp foreground and blurred background, this is called "bokeh." This can be affected by the lens that is used, by the aperture of the lens, and the distance to the subject. It is actually a very deep conversation as there is "good bokeh" and "bad bokeh" that is debated all the time. Bokeh can be used to focus attention on a particular part of the photograph. It is best exemplified by this shot that I took for my buddy while he was getting ready on his wedding day: Alternatively, you can crank your aperture and get everything in focus because math. This is one that I shot last year when I got to test the new GMC Canyon for a week. Note that with the first image, in the distance from Josh's hand to his face, we lose focus, which is called "depth of field". But with the Canyon, a 1/4 mile was still in focus. This was due to the distance from the lens as well as aperture.