8 week online workshop
lesson 2

I’ve done the 21 day online challenge and have played around with a range of shutter speeds and also practise most weekends at Nippers capturing shots of the kids running around doing various activities (using high shutter speed to freeze movement), so for this activity I focused more on intentionally capturing blur in movement rather than freezing the movement. The first two shots blur the movement at a shutter speed of 1/5 (hand-held), and then I upped the shutter speed to see at what point the moevment would be frozen. All taken at ISO 800 as they were taken after 6.30pm and the light was fading.
1. ISO800, f/18, 1/5
2. ISO800, f/22, 1/5
3. ISO800, f/4, 1/250

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I'm a Sydney mum to 2 gorgeous girls and am pregnant with my 3rd daughter, who will join us at the end of March. I'm keen to learn more about capturing the best shots of my children and am excited to be learning how to use my camera.


  1. Nice work Sally! I love the effects you achieved with the different shutter speeds. A really great experiment. It’s interesting that you completely stopped the motion at 1/250. I would have thought you’d still get a little blur at that speed.

  2. Thanks Robyn. I was expecting to use a much higher shutter speed too, but I tried 3 times and each time the windmill froze at 1/250. 🙂

  3. This is a cool experiment. I like the second one, the way the motion is blurred just that bit but you can still see the individual blades. Pretty.

  4. Such lovely colourful photos – the movement looks great. I like the suggested movement you’ve captured much more than the still one – although a great experiment with a fantastic result, the blurred movement shots have more interest.

  5. Very cool pictures! I really like the second picture! I would’ve thought that on the third one it just wasn’t spinning 🙂

  6. They are really pretty photos they would look nice on a canvas in a kiddies room

  7. These turned out great. My favorite is how the second picture shows the motion while still preserving each individual blade of the pinwheel. I’m excited to try this lesson too!

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