Monday, July 25, 2011

Today's Photography Tip is  Shutter Speed.
A longer exposure will give you the effect of motion as shown with the flowing water photo below. The frozen water photo shows the water coming from the hose - frozen in time.  With a fast shutter speed you can do just that - freeze whatever your taking a photo of, even if it is in full motion.   This is what sports photographers excel at doing, freezing athletes in the air kicking a ball, or falling to the ground. The photo of the girls below shows then jumping and I caught them in mid air, CLICK!
You can see the comparison below between 1/4th of a second and 1/1000th of a second below.  The shutter speed set at 1/1000th is so fast it freezes motion.  Also remember with a slower shutter speed you might need a tripod because you can't hold the camera still enough with the slow shutter speed. 

Shutter speed is measured in seconds – or in most cases fractions of seconds. The bigger the denominator the faster the speed (ie 1/1000 is much faster than 1/30).
    In most cases you’ll probably be using shutter speeds of 1/60th of a second or faster. This is because anything slower than this is very difficult to use without getting camera shake. Camera shake is when your camera is moving while the shutter is open and results in blur in your photos.

    If you’re using a slow shutter speed (anything slower than 1/60) you will need to either use a tripod or some some type of image stabilization (more and more cameras are coming with this built in).

    Try this weeks photography Tip and come back and let us know your results!


    1. That's really interesting! I am on a photography rampage so it has been fun learning all sorts of crazy things I can do with my camera. :)

      Happy Monday!

    2. I love knowing the details about this way of shooting... I'm on a Flickr group for Standard Poodles (I know, I know)and I've practiced freezing my Spoo in motion many times. :-) I've got a few shots of my kids, too... on the slip-n-slide.

    3. Amazing tips! Thanks for sharing. I am loving your new site!


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