>>3246821>Learn how cameras work and you'll know. Takes 5 minutes of reading on Wikipedia.
His post indicates that he spent a decent amount of time trying to figure it out himself.
1. Used a wide aperture
2. Used a telephoto lens
3. Tried to get close
He just missed the fact that a 1/2.3" sensor with... jesus, f/3.5 max at the wide end and f/6.3 at the tele end, is basically fucked when it comes to shallow depth of field.
It takes a little more than 5 minutes on wikipedia. As a noob, he'd have to learn:
1. What depth of field is
2. How depth of field is affected by aperture
3. How depth of field is affected by focal length
4. How depth of field is affected by camera to subject distance
5. How depth of field is affected by format size
6. What the sensor size of his camera is
7. How the sensor size of his camera relates to the sensor sizes of other cameras where you can get shallow depth of field relatively easily
8. His camera's aperture range
9. The concept of variable-aperture zoom lenses, and the difference between his wide-end aperture and his narrow-end aperture
10. How his aperture compares to apertures of other cameras that can achieve shallow depth of field more easily
He got through the first four before asking for help and that's not bad.