8 week online workshop
lesson 3
Rule of thirds & room to move

Okay – let me start with this… I think I had the exposure wrong on all of these pictures. Have tried to fix in Photoshop, and will probably end up doing this exercise again, but I liked the composition of these images so wanted to put them up. The colours look completely different on my LCD screen to my computer, and I didn’t think they were over exposed at the time. I have included an unedited version of Clare – it looks really blue on my laptop screen. Same for everyone else?

Question: the girls often look at little blue because of their pale skin. Should I be using my filter or am I doing something wrong with my camera settings?

Image 1: 1/160 f/13 Exp +1 ISO 100 – Rule of thirds. Clare with her ‘Serious Mum not the camera AGAIN’ face.
Image 2: 1/320 f/13 (should have been higher) Exp +1 ISO 100 – Rule of thirds. Lou copying the big tree. Louise and the tree fall on the vertical lines, with her head at the cross section.
Image 3:1/400 F/13 Exp +1 ISO 100 – Room to move. Clare playing around the trees 🙂
Image 4: unedited version of Image 1

Clare Lou-bend clare-tree Clare-unedited

Mum to 2 little girls. Live & work on a cattle station in Queensland. Have only been 'on the land' for the past 5 years - before that I was a Marketing Manger for a regional airline, then I met a grazier, fell in love, and moved away from it all :)


  1. Oh and I should have been squatting down to take the picture of Clare in the trees!

  2. Hi Sarah, your over exposure problems may be due to your +1 Exposure compensation, I imagine. Next time you get the camera out try a bit of bracketing (i.e. 0 exposure compensate, +0.3, +0.5, +1 and even -0.3 etc). You need to work out how much compensation is right for your camera in different situations. The very slight blue tint I can see on your unprocessed image (not too blue – just a hint of cool blue colour) is probably going to be resolved if you get the exposure right. If not, make sure you have your White Balance setting correct. Probable best to keep it on auto until you do the lesson topic on WB (lesson 4).
    Now on to the activity, your composition is great and I like all of these. The second one where Louse is copying the trees is sweet. The third one might have been a little better if there was more room under her feet – it looks a little bit unbalanced. Other than that great job.

  3. Thanks Robyn, will keep working on the exposure settings.

  4. Love the third photo in the series. Looking forward to this lesson after seeing your pictures 🙂

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