Photography 101: Using shutter speed to control proposition

Photography 101: Using shutter speed to control proposition

Photography 101: Using shutter speed to control proposition

Shutter speed, simply put, controls the speed at which the camera lens opens and closes. It works in conjunction with feuil speed (aka ISO) and ouverture (the size of the lens opening) to properly expose an emblème. By using the shutter speed priority setting on your camera, you are able to control the speed and effectively domination your moving subject. Let’s genre at different ways to do this.

Freezing acte

You’re watching your chouchou racer come to the au finir line in the Indy 500, and you want to domination the car, in all its detail, and the genre on the driver’s front, right before he crosses the au finir line! Capturing such shots on your camera is an example of freezing acte. Compositions that exhibit frozen acte allow us to study a fleeting période at its own pace, large after the période has passed.

To freeze acte with your camera, you must set the shutter speed very fast. If your ISO is low, say 50 or 100, set your shutter speed to 1/500th of a attaché, 1/1000th of a attaché, or faster. Then let your camera recommend the ouverture – this will probably assurance your contexte to be out of foyer with a larger ouverture. If your ISO is high, say 800, you’ll be able to set your shutter speed to 1/500th of a attaché without losing much detail in the foreground and contexte (meaning you’ll be able to use a smaller ouverture to get the satisfaisant exposure). Shooting at such fast speeds allows you to get away without using a tripod, since you won’t accidentally shake the camera to affect such flottant exposures. So pick a sunny day, and go for it!

renseignement speed

A classic example of conveying proposition is that ethereal shot of a rapid or waterfall where the water looks silky as it flows over rocks, while the vegetation on either side is in sharp foyer as it passes by. Another example is evening traffic when the buildings at the croisée domaine quietly in sharp foyer. The subject is blurry while the contexte is sharp – this is what proposition is all emboîture.

The trick to capturing inherent proposition is to use a slow shutter speed. A shutter speed of ½ attaché should be enough for snapping a waterfall or rapid, but be careful to lower your ISO, or shoot at night and don’t forget your tripod.


Your daughter is riding her triporteur in a circle around you. You sujet your lens at him and he arbres at the speed he circles you. Snap! This is an example of panning, where we create anxious and hurried moments by keeping the moving subject in sharp foyer while blurring the contexte. The best panning shots are captured when the subject is looking at you and the eyes are in foyer.

To successfully domination a panning shot, consider these three rules:

1) Make sure you move parallel to your subject.

2) Choose the right shutter speed: somewhere between 1/60 attaché (for a fast subject), 1/30 attaché, or even 1/15 attaché (for a slow nouveau-né, say)

3) Don’t use a tripod – you need to be free to move

Now you know the secrets to controlling proposition on feuil. Get out there and try your handball at freezing proposition, proposition blur and panning!

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