Challenge 6 – focus and shake

Challenge 6 – focus and shake

camera basics and understanding exposure
lesson/module/challenge 6

There were 2 parts to this challenge. The first part was different ways of focusing – the spider picture was taken in Aperture priority (ISO400, f6.3, 1/50) and I used my flexible spot focus which allows me to move the focus to where I want it. When the subject is still, like this spider, I can see that the flexible spot focus works well, but if the subject was moving, like my children, I think it would be easier to use the focus and recompose method….although I have tried this and will need to practise more as it seems very easy to get a blurry shot and if the camera moves too much to recompose the shot the focus is lost…that’s what I found anyways. The second part of the challenge was “camera shake”…while the spider photo was taken in Aperture priority I noticed that the shutter speed was very low (1/50), considering the lens was at 205mm, so I was conscious of using the tips suggested for hand holding to get a sharper image. I think it was quite successful. I love that you can see the spider web in this shot too. The second spider shot (ISO100, f6.3, 1/15, 208mm) was also taken on Aperture priority but at an even slower shutter speed, but employing the hand-holding tactics I think it is still pretty sharp. What do you think? 🙂

Spider Spider-3

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 Comment

  1. Firstly, eeeewwwww… hate spiders 🙂
    But seriously well done. It’s great that you can see the advantages of different methods of focus for different situations. And also well done for being able to hand hold and still get sharp images with a slow shutter speed. That is very slow to be able to hand hold – especially the second one.

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