At a basic level, shutter speed is used to control exposure, but it can also be used as a creative tool that freezes action or adds dramatic blur to moving subjects. In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the common mistakes you might encounter while trying to achieve the five classic shutter speed effects of freezing movement, blurring action, using blur creatively, long exposures and night photography.
How does the shutter speed setting work on your digital camera? The shutter is a mechanical part in your camera that opens and closes in a set time. Shutter speed is measured in seconds and fractions of seconds.
Get to grips with the basics of shutter speed in photography as we explain everything you need to know to take sharp pictures across a range of exposures.
Digital photography certainly isn’t shy of tricky camera settings and technical concepts – and for a beginner it can be pretty overwhelming. This infographic can help!
Soft shots are the bane of the serious photographer’s life, and a major reason why images get rejected by stock image libraries or lose out in camera club competitions or photo society distinctions. Anyone can zoom into images at 100% with software these days, meaning that any soft areas are painfully obvious. So what can… Continue reading
Digital photography isn’t short of confusing technical concepts – here’s our take on camera settings that can leave beginners scratching their heads
If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. Before you get you get started, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp.
It’s not just the speed of your subject that counts, it’s where you stand and the angle you shoot from. Discover how to shoot fast-moving objects like a pro with our new photography cheat sheet!
In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, our resident pro explains how to use shutter speed effectively to create motion blur and achieve consistent exposures up and down the shutter speed scale.
Our new jargon-free cheat sheets illustrate how each component of your camera’s shutter works to regulate the brightness of your photos.