Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

Creative Blur – 1/15sec to 1sec

Common shutter speed problems: overexposure

Over-exposure
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.

PAGE 1: 1/250sec and faster
PAGE 2: 1/15sec to 1/250sec
PAGE 3: 1/15sec to 1sec
PAGE 4: 1sec to 30secs
PAGE 5: 30secs or longer

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