It’s fun to spin, fast or slow.

It’s fun to spin, fast or slow.

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Topic 3 – Focus

The giraffe photo was taken on AV mode – single shot. ISO 200 AV 5.0 SS 1/15

Then I asked Evelyn to spin in circles for me as fast as she could. The first single shot photo I realized I needed Shutter priority because the movement was blurring. The second shot was taken in Al Servo AF mode. ISO 1600, SS 1/250, AV 4.0

The photo with her arms out was also TV Mode but in Al Focus AF. ISO 1600. SS 1/250 AV 4.0.

I usually work in one shot or Al Servo AF. I stay away from Al Focus because I like to have control over what the camera is doing. I don’t want it jumping between focus modes mid shot. If I’m shooting the kids playing I use the focus tracking in Al Servo. If I am doing a “sitting” photo then I use One Shot.

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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. Good work Sam. I’m with you on the focus settings I do the same (nearly always one shot). But it’s good to know what the options are so you can deliberately avoid using the ones that don’t suit you. And the spinning looks like lots of fun. You’ve managed to capture the motion – even if you had to use ISO 1600 to do it 🙂 Did you hand-hold the first one at 1/15? If you did, well done for not getting camera movement.

  2. Thank you Robyn! Yes, I almost always handhold. The only time I don’t is when I’m setting up a group shot with me in it (set timer and run haha!). I have a tripod, I’ve had it for 6 or 7 months and have used it maybe 3 times. I am notorious for putting my camera on things to help stabilize though. With these I pulled my elbows into my sides and held my breath when I gently rolled my finger across the shutter button. 1/15 is about as low as I can go handholding, and when I do I usually catch camera movement 2/3 of the time.

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