At the lake

At the lake

8 week online workshop
lesson 1

I’m not sure that I’ve really grasped the concept of metering but I took these shots at the lake today and there was a lot going on in terms of settings I’d played with on the camera….just wanted to see what you thought. They were taken just after 5pm so the light was fading and the colour of the water was quite dark, so I upped the ISO, but the pics were still a bit dark so I changed the exposure to +1EV, I also had spot-metering on and metered off my girls skin as this seemed to be the lightest part of the scene, and I used the back button focus to maintain the focus while I adjusted the spot metering. Thinking about it all now is quite overwhelming, but I am happy with the photos. I haven’t attempted Activity 2: the backlit portrait yet.
Pic 1 & 2 – ISO1600, f/7.1, 1/640, Shutter priority
Pic 3 – ISO1600, f/5.6, 1/1250, Aperture priority

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I'm a Sydney mum to 2 gorgeous girls and am pregnant with my 3rd daughter, who will join us at the end of March. I'm keen to learn more about capturing the best shots of my children and am excited to be learning how to use my camera.


  1. Okay I haven’t read through this lesson yet so that was all double-dutch to me… But the pictures are lovely. I like the contrast of the two girls outfits against the cool water and the mirror image effect of their legs and bodies.

  2. Metering is baffling me already I have only just read the lesson. Lovely pictures xx

  3. It baffles me, too. I’m wondering if there would’ve been any difference in the photos if I hadn’t used spot metering, especially with the higher ISO and exposure compensation lightening up the shot. Aaaggghhhh so much to think about!!!! Robyn, can you help? 🙂

  4. These are lovely. The skin tones are really nice and ‘creamy’ and they don’t look like they were taken in low light at all. I love the way you can see the water droplets in the first picture. The portrait is really well composed as well.

  5. I agree with Slobhan- I wouldn’t have known the pictures were taken in low light. Especially the last one that you switched to aperture priority to help blur the water, it looks lovely. I like how you used the fast shutter speed to freeze the splash in the first photo too.

  6. Wow!!! What a difference a few weeks makes Sally. What a lot you’ve learned! And I think you did an awesome job with these. The exposure is spot on. The combination of using ISO, EV, spot metering and back button focus has given you a very nice result. Exposure metering is one of the hardest to master and it will take some practice before you really get consistent results with it. It’s worth persevering though because this is where you get ultimate control. WELL DONE!!!!

  7. Haha out of curiosity I just had to go back and look at your workshop questionnaire (for others Sally attended a workshop with me in Sydney in December). This is what you wanted to learn:
    “Taking it off auto settings. How to take photos in poor light. Blurred background, focused foreground. Action shots.”
    I think we’re well on the way to ticking those off 🙂

  8. My favorite is the up close picture. I haven’t even started on metering so great job!

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