Same Kid, Same Log, Same Camera But Big Difference


Back in 2010 when I was still fiddling around learning more and more about The Precious, I attempted to take a shot of Zara during our annual pumpkin picking adventure at Windingbrook Farm. Unfortunately I was still shooting in aperture priority and not full manual as well as full frame metering instead of spot metering. I also made the silly mistake of trying out the auto ISO feature (memo to self, never, ever, do that again!)

It was supposed to be a shot of Zara in the center of an old hollow log. I made several attempts with the ISO jumping around from 6400 to 100. This was the best of the lot:

f2.8, 1/15, ISO 360

Note that shutter speed. That is NOT a hand held shutter speed! That is a mess. But since I was shooting on aperture priority, the camera chose the shutter speed for me and I didn’t notice how low it was. UGH!

The camera had also exposed mainly for the scene/light on the other side of the log. Thus I had an underexposed child with motion blur that I attempted to fix as best as I could in Photoshop. But there is no hiding the soft focus and grain evident on Z’s face.


This year, however, it was very, very different indeed! Shooting on full manual gave me the control I needed to set all the parameters to get the shot. Also, spot metering allowed me to meter specifically on her face and expose for her and not the background. The results are much better.
f1.8, 1/640, ISO 400
f1.8, 1/640, ISO 400
f1.8, 1/400, ISO 400

Same kid, same log, same camera + better photographer=

  • Kellie - Nice pictures! You can certainly tell a difference 🙂ReplyCancel

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