First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds

Which shutter speed you use depends on your subject. The main point to remember, when considering shutter speed, is if your subject or part of your scene is moving.

If you use a slow shutter speed it will show a sense of movement (captured as blur), whereas if you use a fast shutter speed it will freeze any movement.

Using a slow shutter speed (such as  1/15 sec or even 1 sec) is ideal if you’re shooting a landscape with water in the scene and you want to blur the movement of the water.

Whereas you’ll need to set a fast shutter speed (eg 1/500 sec or 1/1000 sec) if you want to freeze subjects in motion, such as sports or wildlife.

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds

Fast shutter speed

  • Faster shutter speeds eliminate camera shake problems, enabling you to shoot handheld
  • Any movement in your scenes (such as the sea in this photo) will be frozen in action by fast shutter speeds

 

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds

Slow shutter speed

  • Slower shutter speeds record any movement in your scene as blur – creating dreamy-looking water and clouds in this coastal shot
  • Use a tripod when using slower shutter speeds to keep your camera still for sharp shots

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 1: Aperture explained
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 3: How shutter speeds work
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 5: How to focus and stay sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 6: Choosing your AF points
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 8: Avoid the common composition mistakes
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 10: Anatomy of your viewfinder

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