Photography cheat sheet: Shutter speed stops

Cheat sheet: shutter speed stops infographic
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Shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open, and therefore how long the exposure is in your image. What do photographers mean when they refer to one stop or two stops? Read on to find out what you need to know.

Even a camera for beginners will probably offer control over shutter speed, and it's one of the key ways in which you determine how our images end up looking – check out our exposure triangle guide for more on that!

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.