8 week online workshop
lesson 2
Depth of Field

Went to the mall today and while my child was buckled in and on top of a carousel horse, I took the opportunity to play with the Depth of Field assignment a bit. I pretty much already knew what to expect so this was really just a refresher for me. These two photos were taken using camera distance to control Depth of Field.

ISO 800 (had to bump it up a few times because it just wasn’t bright enough, I didn’t mind though because I really already knew what was going to happen and I can still see the effect.)

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. That’s a really lovely shot – she’s very good at looking at you when you take photos. How on earth do you do that?? My three year old daughter is all about the silly faces if I try to get her to look at me so I’ve given up on that.

    • Thanks Siobahn! There’s a number of things that go into play here: a) she could be named the most photographed kid ever. She’s 3, I have over 8,000 photos of her. She’s really used to it and sometimes will even pose for me. B) she does the goofy face thing too. I capture and cherish those just as much as I do her “good” pictures. I make the best of it and sneak in some smiles too. C) she loved to see herself in the camera after. Sometimes I bribe her, if you stop making funny faces I’ll how you the picture. Often I have to let her see some funny face ones before she’ll cooperate. Sometimes i have to get the shot immediately before or after her funny face and sometimes those are the best smiles I get. D) I never try to get her to smile, even though she automatically does, I just go with whatever she’s feeling. Often I sit there finger on the shutter just waiting for her to glance over. 🙂

      • That all sounds very familiar, Samantha, and good tips to remember! Except I am embarrassingly way ahead of you in the photo count of my three year old. Way. I think because of that she is over it – my husband jokes that if she was asked to draw a picture of mummy it would probably be a camera lens. But I treasure every photo, and I love to record the everyday things and shots of her being busy and active. I’m going to try your trick about showing her the funny face photos and then snapping a picture of the reaction.

  2. Hi again. You really are zooming through the lessons 🙂 I guess it helps that these are ones you’ve pretty much done already in the Challenge. I think we can safely say that you “get” depth of field.
    Love these.
    And all really good tips you’ve given Siobhan on getting the natural smiles.

    • Yes, having seen these in the 21 day helps because I already know and understand the information. It also helps that I’m a stay at home mom and have all day to play with my camera and the kids 🙂 I’m pretty sure once we get past these I’ll be moving much slower! Then again, I look so forward to these I’ll probably still want to spend all my spare time working on them.

  3. Llights, camera, action….who doesn’t love a carousel? So magical! 🙂

  4. Lovely exposure and I prefer the shallow depth of field. You have a beautiful muse (-:

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