Camera shutter cheat sheet: a jargon-free guide to understanding how it all works

Camera shutter cheat sheet: understanding shutter speeds, curtains and how it all works

How to check and set your shutter speed

Canon EOS 650D viewfinder

Step 1
The best place to see the shutter speed you are using is in the viewfinder. Half-press the shutter button; the shutter speed is the first number at the bottom.

How to check and set your shutter speed: step 2

Step 2
For an alternative view, many DSLRs will also show you the shutter speed you are using on the rear LCD. Again, half-press the shutter button to fire up the metering.

How to check and set your shutter speed: step 3

Step 3
Top-end DSLRs have a top-plate LCD screen, which gives you an easy-to-see readout of your exposure settings, including speed.

How to check and set your shutter speed: step 4

Step 4
The easy way to control the shutter speed yourself is to switch to Av, Tv or P mode – then turn the wheel by the trigger until you get the value that you want in the viewfinder.

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PAGE 2: Understanding shutter speed and camera shake
PAGE 3: How to check and set your shutter speed

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