Two Favorite Toys

Two Favorite Toys

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
bye bye blur

I took two of my kids toys for this lesson because they would hopefully stay still. Of course, my toddler came in half-way through and grabbed hers. These are both at 3200 ISO with my 35mm lens. I used aperture priority and they are at F/2.5 and 1/400s. I was so caught up with getting the focus right, I didn’t notice how fast the shutter speed was. Being that the toys were stationary, I believe I should have bumped down the ISO a bit. I used to have it on auto ISO, but think I took it off. I am definitely more comfortable with “focus and recompose” as that is what I’m used to, but I did use the move the focal point strategy for these and it worked nicely. I think the focus and recompose is faster for me, so I use that more often. The focus is where I was hoping for these two, with the first being on the dinosaur and the second on the doll.

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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. Very nice work Ashley. I also prefer focus and recompose because I’m used to it. I often forget there is another way 🙂
    You’ve really nailed the focus on both of these. Yes you could have taken your ISO down a bit but these are lovely and clear (not much digital noise) considering the high ISO you used. Your exposure is also good which also helps to keep the noise under control (under exposed images have more noise).

  2. I focus and recompose too, I love this example of that method! I’m impressed with the clarity given the high ISO (clearly my camera doesn’t handle high ISO very well.)

    • I meant of the other method… My fingers move faster than my brain sometimes.

  3. Toys make much better models than kids when you need something to stay still 🙂 These show the effect of switching the focus point really well. Very cool.

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