night time shots

night time shots

8 week online workshop
lesson 2
exposure triangle

I bought my 35mm lens the day before my daughter was born because I wanted to get better photos inside without using a flash. Being able to open up the aperture all the way lets me take some shots that I couldn’t before. For this one I put the camera in manual and opened up aperture all the way to F/1.8, turned the ISO up to 3200 and put the shutter speed to 1/30s. I’m happy with the shot and I’m glad the background is blurred. If I had more light and could widen the depth of field a little, I think I could have kept his nose and eyes in focus.


My husband, John, and I have been blessed with two wonderful children. Ryan is 4 and Rebecca is 1 and they keep me very busy, but I love it. We live outside of Washington D.C. with our dog Cooper.


  1. Oh he (she?) is so cute. It’s a nice clear shot considering you shot it at 3200 ISO. The noise is not noticeable (at least online – may be different if you were to print it). I don’t mind at all that his nose is not sharp it draws attention to those eyes! The eyes are what tells the story for me in this image. Well done, I like it.

  2. This is really cute. I think the way the eyes are so sharp and everything else less focused really makes you just look straight at those big brown eyes. I love that effect. The wide aperture prime lenses are great indoors – I have a 50mm 1.4 that I just love.

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