Slow shutter speeds: how to achieve consistent exposures every time

Slow shutter speeds: how to get consistent exposures up and down the scale

Shot of the Day

Shot of the Day

Chris says
“Sam was under the impression that she had to set everything manually to take control, but because she had to adjust both the shutter speed and aperture she’d often end up with inconsistent results.

“Switching to semi-automatic Aperture and Shutter Priority modes allowed her to concentrate more on what the metering was doing and use exposure compensation to adjust the results.

“Using these modes will also make it easier for Sam to learn from her mistakes, as any exposure compensation used will be recorded in the file information, which can be viewed when reviewing the images. This isn’t included when shooting in Manual.”

Sam says
“I was struggling to understand the relationship between the three essentials: aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Chris really helped me to see how they work together, the effect they have on exposure and how to create images using the different elements.

“I discovered I was trying to run before I could walk – playing around with too many settings rather than changing just one to adapt to my changing subjects.

“Chris also showed me how to use the histogram to review my images, which is extremely useful, and also that you sometimes have to choose what to highlight in an image, rather than trying to capture everything!”

PAGE 1: How to get consistent exposures at slow shutter speeds
PAGE 2: Getting the basics right first
PAGE 3: How your histogram can help
PAGE 4: How to deal with contrast
PAGE 5: The process of experimenting at slow shutter speeds
PAGE 6: Shot of the Day

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