Creative Blur – 1/15sec to 1sec
At slow shutter speeds, it’s easy for areas subject to large amounts of movement, such as the sea, to create over- exposure.
Take a test shot at the suggested settings and take a look at the histogram (or highlight warning) display to make sure the highlights are correctly exposed.
Suggested shutter speeds for blurred motion
- Fast-flowing waterfall: 1/8sec
- People walking close to the camera, or waves and slow-moving water: 1/4 sec
What you can do
In bright conditions you may find it difficult to get your shutter speed below 1/8 sec, even using the smallest aperture and lowest ISO settings.
Fitting a polariser onto the front of your lens is a great way of reducing the amount of light reaching the sensor, allowing you to reduce the shutter speed by half or more.
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