Here is a geeky trick that I can only do with my Fujifilm X100T camera.
To drop out the background, I set the lens aperture wide open to f2. But since the teacups were in the direct sunlight, I did not have a high enough shutter speed and the exposure was too bright. So, I turned on this camera's built-in 3 stop neutral density filter. This cut the amount of light reaching the sensor, so I was able to shoot with the lens wide open.
This is really useful when using flash outside in the direct sun when you want to drop out the background and balance the exposure between the ambient light and the strobe.
I love this camera.