Different angles

Different angles

8 week online workshop
lesson 5

Been so busy playing with my new camera baby the last week that I haven’t put any photos up, but I have plenty! Had lots to think about, one of which was angles, thinking about changing my angle from the obvious, looking down on subjects as well as looking up, and also just changing my angle so as to frame the shot differently.

The first picture is the beautiful Mya, it was her first birthday party on the weekend and her lovely mother, my good friend who just so happens to be a wonderful family photographer, asked me to take the photos at her party so she didn’t have to worry about that and might actually be in a few photos for once (no pressure there!). Luckily Mya is more than used to having a camera pointed at her so is an excellent model. For most shots of her I made sure I was right down on her level so she was looking straight at me and also because it was easy to engage her and get her attention. ISO400 f/3.2 1/200

The second photo is the wild haired Evie, I like to look down on little kids like this but it can also work well with wild haired crazy rolling on the grass 6 year olds as well. ISO400 f/2.2 1/2000. Her arms were stretched out across the bottom of the frame and I’m not thrilled with how they look, I’ve cropped as best as I can to make them look less odd and chopped off while keeping all that crazy hair in the frame. She was flying about all over the place so even though it was pretty full sunlight I bumped the ISO up so I could use a really fast shutter speed and still a fairly large aperture.

Third shot, Euan doing his ninja moves off the swing. He was meant to be letting me take lovely shots of him and his sister as a present for their mother’s birthday in a few weeks but was being completely uncooperative, but was quite willing to do crazy leaps off the swing, so I encouraged that and just got him to do it over and over, ever bigger and crazier. ISO 400 f/2.8 1/2500. I was standing quite far back and I was down on the ground, he had the sun pretty much in front of him and I just love the way it lights up his hair and the front of him. Some of the shots have him right up in the top corner so you can see the height off the ground and the frame of the swing and I really like those too, but this was such an awesome ninja pose it deserved cropping in 🙂

And the last of my beautiful baby at the beach, the sun was setting, there was a storm rolling in, the light was just superb. I took lots of wide angled shots where you can see the dramatic sky and the ocean, but then made myself take some really tight ones trying to focus on little details as well. I love the glint of the sun on her hair and the focus on her eyelashes, because I am crazy about those eyelashes. ISO500 f/4 1/1600, taken really close up with my 50mm lens.

Mya-1 Angles-3 Angles1 Angles

I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW. Great work Siobhan. You have been a busy girl. I love the first one. Her eyes are amazing and you’ve caught those catchlights perfectly. And super sharp too, which is what I like to see. If I was going to be super picky – and I am 🙂 – I would clone out that red spot near her hat on the right. It’s tiny but it draws my eye away from Mya’s eyes that are the main focus of this image. I love the angles you’ve used on all of these. I agree about the slightly awkward crop on Evie but I’m not sure how else you could crop it with her arms out like that. Ninja Euan 🙂 And your baby girl 🙂

  2. Oh your eyes are sharp, girl – I didn’t even notice the red blob and I spent a bit of time smoothing out her skin etc on that shot! I’ll go fix it now, thank you 🙂
    I’m very pleased you think it’s nice and sharp, I’ve been working hard on that. One thing I’ve really learnt in the last week is to go for a fast shutter speed rather than a low ISO – if I pick the ISO up a bit and get a fast shutter speed that keeps the shots of wriggly kids sharper. I never would have dared to use an ISO of 1000 in bright light but I now realise that it’s all a matter of balancing the three elements to get the effect you want (it’s clicked!). I also think the colour saturation is a bit better (don’t know if this is actually true, but it looks better to me). My new camera is sooooo good at balancing exposure and getting the focus where I want it, and it’s also so quick to be able to change settings that I can experiment a lot.

    • Siobhan, these are stunning! Wow! What fantastic shots. If these are what you are getting from your new camera, I think you chose well. I’m thankful that my camera is easy to use too. It broke for a bit and I tried to use my old SLR on manual – not good. You controlled the aperture and the shutter speed with the same button – crazy! So glad I didn’t buy a new camera that did that!

      But back to your photos – they are superb. Love how you’ve caught the action with Ninja Euan. It’s so sharp. And he gorgeous blue eyed bub.

      Thanks for sharing so much about what you’ve learnt and the techniques you’ve used. It makes me want to try them out. Definitely great to learn from each other as we share our photos.

  3. Wow. I ♥ the first shot You captured her soul in that look.

    I also love the motion and passion of the moment you caught on the other three images

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