Exposure Part 2: Shutter Speed

In the previous post, I mention that photography is the art of capturing light. Again, there’s 3 fundamental ways on how to control the amount of light to get your desired photo: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. We learned about the first part of the Exposure trifecta: Aperture. Part 2 of the Exposure series focuses on Shutter Speed using images I've captured at a concert shoot for Half the Animal.

Shutter Speed 

Effects on Your Photo: Shutter Speed allows you to capture movement or to freeze movement:

 Fast Shutter Speed = Freeze Movement

Fast Shutter Speed = Freeze Movement

 Slow Shutter Speed = Capture Movement

Slow Shutter Speed = Capture Movement

Effects on the Camera: When you capture a photo, you can control how movement in your photo is captured by setting how long the shutter in your lens is open.

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How it Works: Set your camera in Shutter Priority Mode to play around with the effects of a Fast Shutter Speed vs. a Slow Shutter Speed. Aperture is measured in seconds and fractions of a second. From a super quick 1/1000 of a second, to a more standard 1/60 of a second, to a slower 30 seconds. The slower the shutter speed, the more likely you’ll need a tripod or a sturdy surface to rest your camera on to avoid camera shake.

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 Shutter Speed at 10 Seconds

Shutter Speed at 10 Seconds

 Shutter Speed at 30 Seconds

Shutter Speed at 30 Seconds

Shutter Speed is one of the most fun things to play with on a camera. It was something that first got me intrigued with how a camera worked. Just remember, Shutter Speed is part of the Exposure trifecta: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. You’ll notice that in Shutter Priority Mode, your camera will automatically adjust the Aperture and ISO when you set the Shutter Speed. To have even more control, you can set your camera to Manual mode to manually control all three. After my next post on ISO, you’ll be ready for that. In the meantime, Happy Travels!

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