We were at the playground and I captured my son deep in concentration. It is taken on my Canon 450D on AV mode, ISO 1600, 184mm, f 5.6, 1/160. How could I have made this a better shot?

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  1. Hi Amy
    I love that you’ve caught a natural, unposed and candid image of Jake. A couple of suggestions: I would crop out the blown-out highlights (bright white areas) at the top right hand side. Bright areas in the background draw our eyes away from what’s most important (your son). The bright line behind Jake is a bit distracting too but there’s not much you could do with that unless you cloned it out in Photoshop which would be difficult and time consuming. Just keep an eye open for bright spots in the background and, if you can, angle yourself to avoid them in the photo. The only other suggestion would be to see if you could get some catchlights into his eyes by angling him more towards the light. However, that may well have not been possible while he was on the slide.
    Question: The ISO is quite high. Was it a really dull day? I wouldn’t typically use an ISO that high as it tends to decrease the quality (by increasing digital noise) of the image.
    Other than that the colours and the lines and shapes make a really nice pleasing image. Your exposure is good too. I also like the reflection in the slide because it adds an interesting and unexpected element that keeps me looking at this image. So well done.

  2. Thank you for your feedback Robyn. Greatly appreciated. The ISO was high by mistake (we had been inside and I didn’t change it back). Lesson to be learnt – always check your settings before you start snapping 🙂

  3. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve done that once or twice as well 🙂

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