Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool: freeze and pan with confidence

Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool: freeze, pan and smooth with confidence

Choose your shutter speed

 

Understanding shutter speed: using a 10-stop ND filter Understanding shutter speed: using a 6-stop ND filter

Stop down or fit a neutral density filter to smooth out the motion of the waves in coastal photos

There’s no real right and wrong when using shutter speeds creatively, as it remains a question of personal taste.

The first shot demonstrates the use of a fast shutter speed to freeze the wave movement, which makes a dense ocean texture.

The next image was shot at the same focal length using a six-stop neutral density filter.

The shutter speed was considerably slower, which smoothed the water textures for a more artistic look.

Which is better? That’s up to you.

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