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The Newbie Chronicles: Shutter Speed

Hey guys! Welcome back to the Newbie Chronicles!

Today, we continues to explore the exposure triangle and talk about Shutter Speed.

your Shutter Speed determines the amount of time your shutter remains open when you take your photo.

Therefore, the longer your shutter stays open, the more light comes in.  Combinations of Shutter Speed and Aperture can work together to help you control your exposure. Or, how light or dark a photo is.

Another thing that your shutter speed helps you to control, is  showing or freezing motion.

For example:

In this photo, I used shutter speed to show motion. I wanted you to see the motion of Pookah tuning the pages.  So I lowered my shutter speed.

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Settings: Shutter Speed 1/20, F/4.0 and ISO 3200

And in this photo, I wanted to freeze motion. So I used a higher shutter speed to capture Pookah in mid swing!


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Settings: Shutter Speed 1/125 F 5.6 ISO 100

So that is my short lesson on the basics (very BASICS) of shutter speed. Stay tuned next week when I talk about ISO and we put it all together.

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    February 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Very good way of describing it!!!
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      February 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks! I’m trying to make these posts as simple as possible. there is so much more to say, but I just want to cover basics!

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    February 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m loving these segments on the blog. I have a Fuji “point and shoot” with manual options that I’m practicing on. I need to knock the dust off my Canon Rebel and really get into messing with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You gonna make me take a leisure class on photography to up my skills. But where will I find the time? *sigh*

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      February 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks! Stay tuned! More to come!

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    Dr. Reginia
    February 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I love photography. I want to get into it more once I take some of these elements off my plate. Pookah is going to have tons of photos for his memory books.
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      February 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      That’s my hope! I’m actually going to try and print everything out this year! AND last years pictures. I have waaaay too many floating around on my hard drive!

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    Cam - Bibs & Baubles
    February 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    you just going to make me take this camera off auto, huh? keep it coming. i’m loving these posts!
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      February 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Yes, TAKE IT OFF AUTO!!!!

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    February 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yes! Make it work! ( in my Time Gun voice!). Take that camera off of manual!!!

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