Getting Started: Shutter Speed

All right, we’ve pretty much covered the basics necessary for using the Program Mode. Next step, taking  you to Tv Mode.

Tv Mode is also known as Shutter Speed Priority AE. This simply means that most your attention if focused on your shutter speed, how long your sensor is exposed to the light of the scene in front of you.

The Shutter speed will determine how bright your photos will be, but also how blurred. The longer you let it open the more blur will be in your photos, and the faster you have you shutter speed the sharper your images will be.

But, sometimes you must have a slower speed in order to let in enough light to the camera for you to see anything in the photo.

Here are a couple of examples, I’m having a hard time finding my blurred ones, so I’ll just demonstrate how the light can be affected right now.

underexposed/too dark due to not having a long enough shutter speed.

Correct exposure, with a slower shutter speed.

The Above photos are of the same flower, at the same spot, during the same time of day, on the same day. The only thing that was changed between the two was the shutter speed. See how it makes a difference?

This is Sarah’s Scenes Real Life Photographer.

Lesson: Shutter Speed, how much light do you want? This WILL affect your photos in a very artistic way, depending on how much light you permit into it. Be creative with your shutter speed.



3 thoughts on “Getting Started: Shutter Speed

  1. Roderic Langer says:

    Course, there’s also a lot you can do AFTER the shot. Meaning, Photoshop work performed post-picture taking. So, if your shot doesn’t come out, then you can always brighten and sharpen (or blur). This, of course, is less preferable to having a good shot in the first place, but it does mean that you can salvage a so-so shot at times. Meanwhile, I’m learning a lot from your advice on these pages. Thanks!

  2. Jerry Purvis says:

    all the great sport shots used really fast shutter speeds. Not sure how they got the bright light in the picture though

    • sarahsscenes says:

      A lot of sports photographers use fast shutter speeds and Open Aperture lenses (like an F/1.2) and, when necessary, a detached flash. Most sports are done during the daylight hours, but some are in the late evenings thus demanding a little flash. That’s what I know right now. I know a guy (by reputation and his books) that’s a sports photographer and that’s what he does.

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