Late afternoon at the beach

Late afternoon at the beach

8 week online workshop
lesson 3
Get down and get close

These are a few shots I got while experimenting with the ‘Get down/Get close’ concept and I can see that I still have to practise…espcecially with distractions and amputation…but I can see the benefit of getting down onto the same level as the child as you get a much better image of their face and not the top of their head. Zooming in and really focusing on the face allows you to capture the child and what they were thinking at the time of the shot as well.
1. I know this shot is a bit cheesy but I got down to her level and asked her to look at me…it’s a bit hard to lie down on the beach at 7 months pregnant! ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/2000. Looking at the shot now I can see that I cut her hands off and could have repositioned the camera slightly to avoid this happening.
2. This shot was taken from a standing position and you don’t really get to see much of her facial features. ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/2000.
3. I tried to get as close as possible to my daughter here (without knocking her over..haha), and while it’s a profile picture and you can’t see her eyes and her nose is out of focus, I like the picture as it captures her deep in thought creating sandcastles and highlights her unruly hair and how disheveled she always looks!

Emily-smiling Emily-from-above Maddie-close-up

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. Hi Sally, I know what you mean about amputation! It’s something I constantly have to work on. It’s hard! Especially with moving kids. And as I say about a lot of things – it’s important but not as important as missing the moment. If it comes down to getting a technically perfect shot or capturing a precious moment, the moment wins every time! Nice job with these, even with the small distractions and the missing hands. I really like the last one as well. We don’t always have to see the eyes and noses are over-rated anyway 🙂
    In the Lighting lesson we’ll work more on getting the exposure better with a back-lit subject like your daughter is here. We need to lighten the face a little so we can better see her expression (and her eyes).

  2. Looks like a great afternoon at the beach having fun, love pic’s that show the innocence of a child playing

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