Understanding Shutter Speed

Sep 5, 2018

Now, I hope you read my recent post about photography gear and equipment. If you didn’t, make sure you do. Because the main objective is this… your gear doesn’t matter.

If you don’t know how to use it, then don’t waste money on elaborate purchases! You need to have the knowledge. Gear can only do so much for you but you have to be able to make it work for you and be the boss.

That is why I am working to help break down the technical side of photography in easy steps. Understanding one thing at a time so you can build upon each new lesson and ultimately be able to shoot a camera in manual and fully get the images you want! All of this will be in an online course, join the waitlist!

But, until then, I am giving you glimpses of what to expect and helping you grow your knowledge and skill set!

Recently, I gave you the information on understanding aperture. Next up, we are going to dive into shutter speed.

When thinking of shutter speed, it is exactly that. The speed of the shutter. Your DSLR camera works with a shutter, mirror and sensor to capture images. The shutter remains closed until you press down and take a picture during a split second.

Well really, a fraction of a second. That is how shutter speed works! By setting fractions as the speed.

  • Faster shutter speeds (something like 1/1000 as an example) freeze movement. They make the shutter open and close so quickly that the subject in the image can be completely frozen still. Faster shutter speeds are usually used when you are capturing something in action like a person running!
  • Slower shutter speeds (like 1/50) are used or show a little more motion blur. Depending on the subject you’re photographing and your desired outcome, this could either make the image blurry or really just show that motion. When using slower shutter speeds, I suggest using a tripod or someway to steady your natural hand shake.
  • Then, there are long exposure shots. Those are ones where you shutter is open for substantially longer. Sometimes a few seconds even! This is used to really add blur or keep the shutter open for a long time when there isn’t a lot of light present (like starry night photographs!).

Essentially, setting shutter speed is all going to be determined by what you are photographing and how you want the image to look!

That helps you break it down and learn things one by one!

Keep enjoying the journey of learning!

Riane

 

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