Slow shutter speeds: how to achieve consistent exposures every time

    | Photography Tips | 20/09/2013 00:01am
    Slow shutter speeds: how to get consistent exposures up and down the scale

    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.

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

    | Photography for Beginners | 09/08/2013 10:11am
    Camera shutter cheat sheet: understanding shutter speeds, curtains and how it all works

    Our new jargon-free cheat sheets illustrate how each component of your camera’s shutter works to regulate the brightness of your photos.

    Using shutter speed: take control of your shutter for cool, creative effects

    | Photography Tips | 03/05/2013 11:00am
    Using shutter speed creatively: how to take control of your shutter for cool effects

    In our latest photography cheat sheet we look at some of the different ways of using shutter speed to produce different digital camera effects.

    How to use a camera: pro secrets to using Shutter Priority mode

    | Photography Tips | 25/03/2013 01:00am
    How to use a camera: pro secrets to using Shutter Priority mode

    In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series post on how to use a camera, we venture beyond Program mode and your Aperture Priority setting to uncover the secrets behind using Shutter Priority mode.

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

    | Photography Tips | 03/12/2012 11:30am
    Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool: freeze, pan and smooth with confidence

    Understanding shutter speed as a creative tool is essential if you want to produce images that are about movement – whether you’re freezing action, smoothing out running water or panning the camera to add motion blur.

    The shutter speed often seems to take second place to more obvious creative controls such as aperture and depth of field, so we’re going to show you how important understanding shutter speed is to your creative repertoire; we’ll show you how to take control of your shutter speeds and how to turn what would have been a good shot into a great shot.

    Cheat Sheet Friday: how a camera shutter works

    | Photography for Beginners | 24/08/2012 15:42pm
    Cheat Sheet Friday: how a camera shutter works

    Have you ever thought about how your camera shutter actually works to regulate the brightness of your photos? Shutter speed is one of those fundamental controls on our camera that we take for granted, but knowing how it works will give you the knowledge you need to start taking pictures with more authority. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates how each component of your camera’s shutter works in tandem.

    Panning: how the pros capture motion (and the best shutter speeds to use)

    | Photography Tips | 21/07/2012 05:00am
    Panning: how the pros capture motion blur (and the best shutter speeds to use)

    Panning is a great way to capture a sense of movement in your action photography, by blurring the background, but keeping the subject sharp. Panning is often thought to be quite difficult, but in reality, with sound technique and some practice you can capture motion blur quite easily. Below we’ll show you how it is done and reveal the best shutter speeds to use for different common subjects.

    Best shutter speeds for every situation

    | Photography Tips | 26/06/2012 16:00pm
    Best shutter speeds for every situation

    Do you struggle with finding the best shutter speeds when shooting unfamiliar subject matter? It can be difficult to know how to set up your camera to freeze movement, capture motion blur and other popular in-camera effects.

    In the latest of our ongoing photography cheat sheet series, we’ve put together our list of what we believe are the best shutter speeds for every situation.

    Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

    | Photography Tips | 29/05/2012 11:33am
    Common mistakes at every shutter speed (and the best settings you should use)

    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.

    After we look at some of the common problems within these shutter speed ranges, we’ll suggest the best shutter speeds for you to use to achieve these effects and offer our best tips for overcoming these errors.

    What is shutter speed: everything you need to know

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/05/2012 11:47am
    What is shutter speed: everything the beginner photographer needs to know

    Like the aperture setting, the shutter speed you choose is not simply a way of controlling exposure. The speed also has a visible effect on your pictures – allowing you to control the effect of a moving camera or subject. This can ensure pin-sharp pictures, however unsteady your grip on the camera and however fast the subject is moving.

    Shutter speed is the length of time that the shutter blinds in front of the camera sensor are left open. The scale used is much easier to understand than the f/stop aperture system, as exposures are measured in fractions of a second.

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