effects of shutter speed

August 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tip of the week: Remember that shutter speed affects not only your exposure, but also how movement is emphasized in the frame. This will include both subject and camera movement, so prepare to use a fast shutter speed when trying to freeze action. Slow shutter speeds will allow for more motion within the photo.

For most handheld photographs, it is best to keep your shutter speed faster than your focal length. For example, a 50mm lens would be best if handheld at 1/50sec or faster. A 200mm lens would need to be at 1/200sec or faster for reasonably sharp results. Bracing the camera on a nearby stationary object or using a stabilized lens can help capturing sharp photos at slower shutter speeds. If you do find yourself needing to use slow shutter speeds on a frequent basis, a tripod is a wise investment.

 


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