who’s that monkey jumping in the bed?

One of the biggest questions I usually get asked in regards to camera settings is “Why are my photos blurry?” There are tons of answers to this question, but typically it is a result of a slow shutter speed. Your shutter is what ‘freezes’ action. The faster your shutter the more action you can freeze (think kid jumping into a pool). The slower your shutter speed, the less action that will be frozen (think soft, flowy waterfall pictures). If you are using your camera on Automatic and are attempting to take indoor pictures with your flash turned off, most likely your camera will slow down your shutter speed….leading to blurry movement in your photos. The best way to remedy this is to learn to shoot manually 🙂 (I know…that is rude…forgive me)

If you can’t shoot manually, try turning your camera to the “Tv” or “S” mode and set the shutter for 1/125 (some cameras just show this as 125) and then increase it to be faster and faster (1/200, 200)…now your camera will adjust the ISO and aperture for you. This is a very brief answer and I admit there are about 100 other things to consider when adjusting for indoor pictures without flash, but maybe this can be a jumping off point for you to play around with.

The first 5 photos below were all taken on the same settings. You can tell how my son is blurry when he is jumping. My shutter speed was fast enough to capture him still, but too slow to capture him in the air without being blurry.

24mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 400

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What could possibly be so entertaining to watch while jumping in a crib?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the goofiest kids of all?

Yep, FireCracker is wearing the same hat as I showed yesterday. I took the photos at the same time.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails about dates for the next SnapShops. I have not set any dates and I don’t plan on setting any until the spring. Right now I am looking at only doing 2 in the spring and 2 in the fall. There is still a hope I can get an online version going sometime in 2011, but we will see. I will announce new dates via my newsletter before announcing them on the blog. Typically each SnapShop fills up within a few hours of announcing those dates. You can sign up for my newsletter here.

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