Thursday, March 11, 2010

Share Friday, Part 3 Getting off of Auto

Now that you have tried Aperture Priority lets move on to Shutter Priority.

What is Shutter Speed all about? The shutter speed determines how long the shutter remains open. Fast shutter = less light Slow shutter = More light; let in that is.

Shutter Priority is when the action in your photo is important. YOU set the Shutter Speed and the Camera selects the aperture to get the exposure just right. Examples of times to use your shutter priority would be sports, running toddlers, races or really anything that is moving fast! You must decide what story you would like to tell with your photo. Do you want to show movement by blurring the movement or show it stopped with no blur.

Stopped no blur: In order to achieve this you need to have a shutter speed right around 1/250 and higher (depending on how fast the movement is). The 1/250 just gives you a starting point and you may have to make adjustments according to the speed of your subject. Here is an example of motion stopped.

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My setting were ISO 400, Shutter Speed 1/400 and aperture was 3.5.

Movement Blurred: This is where you will possible (most likely) need to use a tripod or either have a support to take you photo. You would want to use a shutter speed no faster than 1/50 and lower. This will give the story of movement, the blur. Here is an example of blurred movement:

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My Setting were ISO 400, Shutter Speed was 1/13 and aperture was 2.8
(this was an indoor shot done without flash thus the really slow shutter)

So there you have it! Go out and try it out yourself. Move that dial to Shutter Priority and play around with movement. Next week we will talk a little about shooting indoor without flash.

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