Make It Your Own – Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed, part of the Exposure Triangle

In my last post, I talked about by selecting the correct aperture, you could change the depth of field by selecting the correct aperture setting. I hope that you took your camera off of the shelf and tried it out. Today I want to talk about shutter speed. It’s basically how long the camera’s shutter stays open.   To know what is the correct speed, you have to ask yourself a  question. Is my subject moving or still?   Generally if the subject is moving fast, use a fast shutter speed. If the subject is stationary, you can use a slower speed.   The important thing is to learn how changing the  speed will add action to the image.  Using a slower shutter can create blur that can help show motion.

P-51 Mustang at Dallas Air Show showing a slow shutter speed
Slowing the shutter down to capture prop motion
P-51 Mustang at Dallas Air Show showing a faster shutter speed
Using a faster shutter for the crowd pass You can see that the prop is in motion, but it is more in focus

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Shutter Speed
I wanted to blur one of the opposing solos. I did this by panning the plane on the right while keeping track of the left place and wait for the moment.
To show water in motion, use a slower shutter speed
To show water in motion, use a slower shutter speed. For this to work, you will need a tripod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, you can add a sense of motion to your image by changing the shutter speed.  If you speed things up, you will have to use a larger aperture or faster ISO to keep the exposure the same. If you slow things down, you will have the decrease the ISO or use a smaller aperture.                               “Remember to Make It Your Own”

22 thoughts on “Make It Your Own – Shutter Speed”

  1. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I found this during my hunt for something regarding this.
    http://financetip.eu

  2. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything. However imagine if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this site could definitely be one of the very best in its niche. Fantastic blog!

    1. Thanks you for your comment. I am always looking for suggestions on what people are wanting.

  3. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be utilizing? I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest site and I would like to find something more safe. Do you have any recommendations?

    1. Sorry to heat that you are having problems with your website. McAfee and Norton for some popular antivirus software programs. You also might check with your internet service provider. They should be able to help.

  4. Heya outstanding blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a lot of work? I have absolutely no understanding of computer programming but I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, if you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject but I just wanted to ask. Thanks!

    1. Hey DSLR Camera! Great question. I think that a blog is the fastest growing way to have a web presence. You can put a little or a lot of time into maintaining your blog. While no expert, I have learned enough to start one for myself. I found a seemingly endless amount of hits when I first googled “How to start a blog”. I ended up picking WordPress. It seemed to easiest for me to start with and had room to grow into. No need for computer programming.
      Good luck and happy Blogging

  5. Hello there I am so happy I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Askjeeve for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I will be continuing my series on “Making it your own” with a post titled ” Now What”?

      Greg “The Photo Guy”

  6. You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I believe I would never understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m having a look ahead on your next submit, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  7. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Studying this info So i’m glad to show that I have a very good uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I such a lot no doubt will make sure to do not disregard this site and give it a glance regularly.

  8. I discovered your blog post site on the search engines and check a few of your early posts. Always keep in the top notch operate. I extra your Feed to my MSN News Reader. Looking for forward to reading much more of your stuff down the road!…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *