I have been having fun learning my new camera. I do have a ways to go though. I wanted to share some shots and then listen to advice. Tv(Shutter Speed): 1/320Sec. Av(Aperture Value): F20 Metering Modes: Spot Exposure Compensation: 0 ISO Speed: 400 Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Focal Length 55.0 mm I took about 30 pics of a swarm of seagulls and tried different things, but this was the best I could get, with some sharpening PP. I can't remember what mode I was in AV or TV. I think I switched during the shoot too. What would help in this instance? Should I have upped the ISO to 800 or even 1600? Would a 55mm faster Prime lense help? These birds were swarming around me, maybe 20-25 feet away. What lense, or settings would you advise in this situation to get sharp results? Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/320Sec. Av(Aperture Value) F5.6 Metering Modes Spot Exposure Compensation 0 ISO Speed 100 Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS This was cropped pretty severly. I know a longer lense would have helped. And maybe had I thought about what ISO I was on too. I have a hard time remembering things to check and quickly change to get the shot. But compositionally, does it work as is, or in a situation like this should I have equal space between the subjects and the borders? Still with the blurries. :meh: Again, compositionally, would this shot be better cropped wider, with all of the kite in the pic? What about the kite in the foreground? Would this pic (^) be more interesting cropped vertically, framing the people and the dog? I did it this way because the triangle formed by the people, dog, and trees. And of all my recent pics, this is the one (below) I am most proud of. I really like how it got some under lighting, I believe from reflection from a small pond. I would love some criticism. I don't have anyone around me that can say anything other than "ooh, pretty", if you know what I mean. I know I posted a lot. I don't expect comments for all of them, maybe just for things that stand out in your mind. Much appreciated.