Focus – single/continuous

Focus – single/continuous

8 week online workshop
lesson 1

I found this activity really interesting as I had never used the AF Continuous on my camera and I can see the difference when comparing to taking a similar shot with the AF Single-shot. I am so happy that I managed to capture my kids moving around at the beach – usually I come home and look at the photos on the computer and am disappointed that so many of them are blurred….but not this time!
First pic – Bodyboard fun – ISO100, f/5, 1/2000
Second pic – Running – ISO100, f/6.3, 1/1000
Third pic – Wave – ISO 100, f/5.6/1/2000
Fourth pic – Profile – ISO3200, f/5.6, 1/250

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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. Great Sally! I’m glad you found something new in this topic that has made a difference. Nice job with capturing the movement. I particularly like the running one – it’s really cute! Lovely job on the profile photo as well. You’ve captured a lovely reflective/thinking look on her face.
    Now a little general feedback. We are not up to the composition lesson yet but you’re ready to start looking now a bit more closely at your backgrounds. In that last photo the edge of the door distracts a little. If you’d moved the camera just a tiny bit you would have avoided it. It could also be cropped in editing which we’ll start looking at soon.
    Altogether though a very nice set of photos.

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Robyn. I can see what you mean about the composition of the last photo. I can also see that taking photos indoors is a little trickier than outdoors as there are a lot more distractions. This pic was taken in our kitchen/dining room and there’s all the furniture to contend with plus the doorways and art on the walls. I often get so focused on the subject that I forget to look at what’s happening in the background, but thanks for the tip…I will start paying more attention to what’s in the background and doing more cropping. 🙂

  3. I love the beach photos – you can really see what fun she is having. There is still lovely detail in the water – I think that’s why the beach is so good for photos, as it is so light you can use really fast shutter speeds and get very sharp images with lots of detail.

  4. great shots looks like alot of fun was had also 🙂

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