Challenge 1 – off Auto!

Challenge 1 – off Auto!

The first pic is of my daughter on her last day of preschool…before heading to big school. It was taken using the Aperture Priority setting…but I think it’s too “centered”. The other is of the Christmas lights – I was playing around with taking the camera of ISO Auto and not using a flash. This was taken at ISO 400. A lot of the night shots I took of the kids and the lights were blurry. Any tips on taking pics at night?


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. The second photo of the Christmas lights doesn’t seem to have uploaded (???).

  2. It has now Sally. A little glitch – fixed!
    I don’t think the first one is too centred. Her eyes are in the top third which is great. I would perhaps have tried for even less depth of field to blur out the background more as the mural on the wall draws my eye away from her pretty face.
    Taking photos at night you really need a tripod. It’s almost impossible to hand hold the camera still at the slow shutter speeds you need to get enough light. The best you can do is keep your aperture wide open and bump up the ISO but even that might not be enough to avoid camera shake (more on that in an upcoming lesson).
    Well done with challenge 1.

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