Monday, September 29, 2008


Like her bandaid?

Kate was playing dress up and the boys were doing homework, so I could only step out on our tiny balcony for these.  Right now I am working on getting my ISO settings correct and shooting in Aperture Priority.  I often get very blurry photos in AP Mode though.  Maybe my hand is too shaky?


The Doctor's Wife said...

I would try a VR lens. I also have a lot of trouble with aperture. It seems that the lower you go outdoors, the better the picture, but if you raise your shutter speed the picture gets too dark. If you don't raise your shutter speed, though, you get blurry pics!!! This is why we need to take a class :)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Kate makes an adorable ballerina!!! The photos are great....cute bandaid!

I have been trying to play around with all of my camera is a little overwhelming, but I will figure it out sooner or later! I also have a case of the shaking hands, becuase I can see how crystal clear the photo is through the lense, then it comes out usually doesn't help that my subject doesn't stand still either!

Have a good week Kim!


Anonymous said...

Looks great to me! Beautiful ballerina!!!

Michelle said...

Such a beautiful ballerina!! :-)

Sheri said...

These look great to me!! I'm still mostly a point and shoot girl, just changing to the action mode for sports pictures. I'm hoping to learn from you how to take beautiful pictures of my kids!

Lucy said...

Hi Kim,

One way to prevent shakiness (if you don't use a tripod) is to set the timer for 2-3 seconds. It takes away the shake from when you hand presses the button.

Also, for a small portable (purse size!) tripod, I recommend the Gorilla Pod, which can be found here:

Hope that helps!

BethAnneNYC said...

Your photos are sooooo beautiful and I can't wait to follow your new blog :0). I am taking a photography class right now and love it. I have had a Canon Rebel XTI for close to two years but don't know how to use it! It is so much fun photographing our daughter, Whitney (she is 3 1/2 and is from Chongqing), but really need to know what I am doing! Your 3 Peanuts blog is one of my favorites and it is great to have you back!
Beth Anne

Kathy said...

I too am a novice and love photography. I've taken a few classes (just from the retailer that sold my camera) and from what I understand (and you might want to cross check this with someone who actually knows something :))the aperature will change the depth of field. So, what I find is if your subject is close up, use a smaller aperature, if the subject is farther us a bigger aperature. You can play around and see what results you get with that. I'm wondering if your using too small of an aperature setting which is causing the blur.

Another thing I've found is that you have to be careful on where your camera is focusing when shooting in aperature priority with a short depth of field otherwise the wrong part of your photo will be blurry....I hope that makes sense.

I have a Canon Rebel XTi and I have an image stabilizing lens which really helps with the blurring--especially when not using a flash. I'm not sure what the Nikon equivalent is. I hope that helps.

I always love to see your photos. Good luck and I'll be following along hoping to learn as well!