Trying Not to Smile

Trying Not to Smile

Moments That Matter: lesson 6: topic 1: natural smiles

This exercise was lots of fun. Mostly I wanted to work with a couple of my teens. They’d made the observation I had taken lots of pictures recently of the younger children and not them, true. So it was time. First played around with smiles whilst they were reading indoors, lots of natural smiles as they read their books, oh my indoor shots are soo much better but still, iso noise and all that, never the same as my fav outdoor light. So dragged them outdoors, problem was teen girl tossed her head and laughed so much most turned out blurry when I loaded them out, should of had the shutter faster I suppose.

Image 1: iso 100, shutter 1/12, ap 3.26
Trying not to smile, caught more a reflective look. He was such a good sport about letting me take lost of photos.
Soft skin, soft background had set in aperture mood, dreamy looks my new fav

Image 2: iso 100, shutter 1/10, ap 3.26 set in manual
so hard to get this lad smiling, 15 is a self-conscious age. Took my ‘command not to smile’ seriously, ignored my inane chatter, was a good sport about it all and then…a half smile, success

Image 3: iso 100, shutter 1/20, ap 3.26 manual mode
oh this girl, she had such beautiful natural smiles, so enjoyed herself but… most turned out blurry, I could weep, a lesson in shutter speed.
still managed to capture a smile without it being blurry

Image 4: iso 640, shutter 1/640, ap 3.26 Shutter Priority
Sebastian was moving about the garden and I was snapping away from the other side of the fence. Trying a few ‘outside the box’ (for me) shots, slowly getting the creative thoughts going and capture this. It just appeals

smiles-1 smiles-2 smiles-3 smiles-4

By Erin
Erin, married to my Prince Charming, mum of 10, wannabe photographer. Living on a property on the North Coast of NSW.


  1. Lovely Erin. All natural smiles. Not a bit of “cheese”. Especially well done with a 15 year old boy. The hardest possible subject :). You do need to work on getting your shutter speed up though. Most of these are way too slow and you were lucky to get them as sharp as you did. Maybe try 200 or even 400 ISO as your starting point rather than 100. Try to get the shutter speed up to 1/60 minimum if you can. You have also backlit them (particularly the first 2) so the eyes are dark. Try to angle their faces a little to make sure you are getting some light in the eyes. I am being hard on you now 🙂

    • Okay being very conscious now of shutter speed and changing iso too.
      Appreciate you being hard on me very much:)

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