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”

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