Understanding Shutter Speed

learning photography what is shutter speed

Shutter speed (or exposure time) is how fast your camera takes a picture. Knowing when to adjust the exposure time on your camera can greatly improve your photography.

Understanding Shutter Speed

Shutter speed displays as fractions of a second. The larger the denominator the faster your camera will take a picture. So an exposure time of 1/1000 is much faster than a time of 1/2. If you want motion blur in a photo, like for light trails or a waterfall, use a shutter speed slower than 1/60. To freeze time around a moving object, like a bird flying or a sporting event, use an exposure time faster than 1/60.

*Note: Use a tripod when dealing with speeds slower than 1/30 to avoid blur due to unintentional shake.

Below are examples of some of my slow shutter (also called long exposure) photography. Check more out here!

Understanding Shutter Speed | Blue Hen Falls Slow Shutter Nature Photography
Understanding Shutter Speed

Below are some examples of some of my fast shutter photography.

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how understanding shutter speed can greatly improve photography

learning photography what is shutter speed

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