Rusty Feedback

Rusty Feedback

Here is the feedback for Rosemary’s Rusty photos.


shutter speed 1/250 – aperture f2.2.- Lovely depth of field and great focus. The eyes are lovely and sharp (you can even see people, sky and grass reflected in Rusty’s eyes which is an indication of tack sharp focus). While the eyes are sharp the background is nice and blurred which helps to draw focus to the eyes which are the most important part of a close up portrait of a dog – or a person. The shutter speed was more than fast enough to stop any small movements that Rusty might make – although as he appears to be sitting still that is really not an issue. No camera shake – as you would expect at this shutter speed.



shutter speed 1/125 – aperture f3.5.- Again good depth of field and focus. This time the nose is sharp and I’m sure that is what you intended. However it is a far less pleasing image because the eyes are not sharp. While the nose is super sharp the background is nice and blurred again which this time makes the nose the focus of the image. Again the shutter speed was fast enough to stop any small movements that Rusty might make and again no camera shake.


shutter speed 1/60 – aperture f4.- Slightly more depth of field with the eyes again tack sharp but this time also the tongue and teeth sharp (although there is blur on his nose). The shutter speed was once again fast enough to stop any small movements that Rusty might make and no noticeable camera shake – so you can safely hand hold your camera with these settings.



shutter speed 1/50 – aperture f3.5.- Here I’m starting to see signs of camera shake. Or alternatively Rusty moved a little. None of the focus is as sharp as with the earlier images. If you had simply mis-focused (i.e. focused on the wrong part of the image) we would see something that is sharp – in this image nothing is really in focus. My suggestion would be that you try to stay at 1/60 or faster to ensure you can hand-hold the camera still enough and stop small movements from your subject.


shutter speed 1/40 – aperture f4.5.- This one is better. There is some sharpness on the whiskers and eye lashes. So this tells me that you MAY be OK hand-holding at 1/40. However my philosophy is to get the highest shutter speed that you can to make sure you stop small movements. This is particularly relevant when photographing children or animals who tend to move unexpectedly. So if you do have to shoot at 1/40 you should know that you wont always get the result you are looking for. And if you have the option of a faster shutter speed – always use it.



I couldn’t read the shutter speed on this one but let’s just say it’s not a success and the shutter speed needs to be faster.

Thanks for submitting your images again Rosemary it was much easier to see the detail on the individual images rather than the composite.


  1. Thanks for the detailed feedback Robyn, I know I need a lot of practice at both focus and shutter speed – I found your suggestion to pin my elbows to my waist to stabilise my hold was a good one – it worked for the 1/40 moreso than the 1/50. I’m still a little unsure about effective composition – I’m guessing that the closer I get to the subject the more appealing – although image 5 might be a little too close??

  2. You’re mostly right about the composition trick of getting closer. It’s a good idea some of the time (even maybe most of the time) to get closer. However you should vary your composition so that your photos don’t all look the same. And yes I would agree that maybe number 5 is a bit too close. However you can sometimes get that close if you have an interesting enough subject and there is a reason to get in that close (i.e. to capture interesting details). You can see more here

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