Shutter Speed Study

Shutter speed is the most intutive aspect of the exposure triangle. In terms if tech, it is straightforward: how long is the shutter open? In terms if art, it is a versatile tool. Used poorly it can separate a great image from a poor one, Used creatively it can offer a sense of motion, of distance, or of mystery.

We start in the lab with a static subject. When backbround blur is our priority, shutter speed is the most common variable we let the camera choose to get a good exposure.

A fast shutter can either stop motion. A slow shutter can extend motio. Choosing the balance can change the story your image tells.

Notice the results of the propeller at different speeds.

When shooting a landscape, a slower shutter can make a dramtic difference when water is part of the scene.

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