Through The Lens Thursday

I’ve had an on-again, off-again love affair with my DSLR camera for almost three years now. I love the photos I can get with it, but over the past few months, I find myself pulling out my phone because it’s handy. Letting my camera sit in its bag is not only sad and lonely for my {expensive} camera, but it’s not making me any better at getting those great photos.

I need practice.

Lucky for me, my friends, Greta and Alison, have started a weekly photography project called “Through The Lens Thursday“.  They have come up with a prompt for each week, then they share the results on their blog. It’s not a link up, but anyone can do the prompts (which can be found here). They also have a flickr group for those of us who want to share our photo each week and comment on each other’s.

I’ve decided to do a monthly round-up on the blog of the photos I’ve taken each month.

Here are January’s photos.

prompt = soft Taken with my 50mm fixed lens f/4, 1/20, ISO 200

prompt = soft
Taken with my 50mm fixed lens
f/4, 1/20, ISO 200

prompt = corner 50mm fixed lens f/1.8, 1/320, ISO 800

prompt = corner
50mm fixed lens
f/1.8, 1/320, ISO 800


prompt = movement 50mm fixed f/1.8, 1/50, ISO 800

prompt = movement
50mm fixed
f/1.8, 1/50, ISO 800

prompt = white 50mm fixed f/4.5, 1/3200, ISO 1600

prompt = white
50mm fixed
f/4.5, 1/3200, ISO 1600


prompt: white (second pic) 50mm fixed f/1.8 1/2000 ISO 100

prompt: white (second pic)
50mm fixed (through a window)
f/1.8, 1/2000, ISO 100


prompt: reflection 5mm fixed f/1.4, 1/2000, ISO 100

prompt: reflection
50mm fixed
f/1.4, 1/2000, ISO 100

I am really, REALLY enjoying this challenge each week.

I think it’s helping me learn my camera better than anything else I’ve tried.

The community in the Flickr Group is really encouraging and helpful. I’m finally getting the hang of knowing what each setting does in which conditions/lighting. Plus the prompts make me really look at things in my life and think outside just a regular “snap shot” with my phone.  For instance the “Movement” photo is one I took at school, lying in the hallway during passing time. Students were stepping right over me!

I would not say my photos are AWESOME, but I think I’m getting better.

What do you think?

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. These are all stunning!
    tracy recently posted…What Do You Learn In PreschoolMy Profile

  2. I would say your photos are awesome! I would also say that I want to buy a DSLR…
    Kerstin recently posted…Experience2014 – January Round-UpMy Profile

  3. such gorgeous shares of your life.
    Thank you for letting us peek inside, your pictures are truly beautiful.

  4. I think your photos are great. I needed to jump on this bandwagon in the worst way.
    Andrea recently posted…The Reverse Bucket ListMy Profile

  5. Ok, Charlie licking the window is too cute. Well, I assume he was licking. Maybe he was just sticking his tongue out. Still cute.
    Jennifer recently posted…Real Life Advice – Stop A Child From BitingMy Profile

  6. that reflection one is pretty darn awesome! love it.

    Love the buried in snow one too.
    Rorybore recently posted…Through the Lens Thursday: ReflectionMy Profile

  7. Great photos, Katie! I love seeing everyone’s interpretations of the prompts.
    Leigh Ann recently posted…finding a good after school routineMy Profile

  8. I love that you’re joining in every week and more importantly, enjoying the process and learning! I am too, especially looking through everyone else’s lens and learning from them.
    Alison recently posted…#AskAwayFriday: Tamara Camera BlogMy Profile

  9. I love the round up idea. It’s nice to see your body of work 🙂 I think my favorite of this bunch is movement.
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  10. Love the way you rounded these up and omg, that reflection pic is perfection!
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