Shutter Priority

Whilst searching on the internet, you come across many incredibly talented photographers, producing magical photographs, this can be anything from beautiful portraits, wedding photos that blow your mind and landscapes, some location in the world where the photographer has had the privilege of venturing.

I was researching. Interior photographers and came across some that took photography to another level, one guy was so skilled with his art and his knowledge and out of the box ideas it truly was an absolute pleasure viewing his portfolio.

I think what I’m trying to say is “passion is the key" I love photographing people, I think that’s why i love my work as a professional reportage wedding photographer however my next love is landscape photography and this leads me into my next article, using shutter speed and how this small setting enhances those images that takes the viewer into your world!

Remember I mentioned in a previous blog about scouting for those special locations to provide you with exceptionally good images, well this image was taken whilst out for a walk at a place just outside Frome called Faukland, its just in the Somerset border, its pretty but doesn’t blow the viewer away however I wanted to take some long exposure photos and this little stream provided me with the opportunity!

Long exposure photography is great fun and teaches you lots about shutter speed and how this can affect your photo, before I get into how to manipulate the shutter to get these types of images I thought I would cover some of the basics with regards to Shutter priority mode.

Shutter speeds of around 1/250 sec and shorter are generally considered fast. With the most commonly used focal lengths ranging from around 40mm to 125mm, using fast shutter speeds should certainly prevent camera shake. In fact, speeds of 1/500 sec and shorter will freeze fast-moving action beyond the perception of the human eye.

Freezing action is something photographers have been fascinated with, the ability to freeze photographs of fast-moving action, the Bride tossing her bouquet to her girlfriends at her wedding is a must for fast shutter speeds you could also set the camera to continuous focus and firing mode to fire off several shots at once.

The actual shutter speed required to freeze movement very much can depend on the direction the object is moving, for instance a speeding car heading toward the camera won't require as fast a shutter speed as someone walking across the viewfinder or something moving directly up or down in front of the camera.

In addition to the direction of movement, the distance of the object from the camera and the focal length of the lens are also critical factors. The farther the object is from the camera, and the shorter the focal length, the slower the shutter speed can be before action is frozen.

Or in other words, the farther away a fast-moving object is, the slower it appears to move. However, for sports photography, when you're likely to be using the longest focal length setting available on the lens, such as 300mm, in order to get optically as 'close' as you can to the action, speeds of around 14000 sec are probably necessary to freeze the action.

In order to freeze motion you need to make sure you've set a shutter speed that's fast enough, these tips may help you capture the action at a wedding, children running around is another example where a fast shutter speed will help, of course this does depend on what you are after artistically speaking, you may wish to produce some blur to add movement.

Subjects moving across the frame need a faster shutter speed than subjects moving toward (or away from) the camera.

If you feel a tad nervous about a particular photo you want to capture then you could use Shutter Priority mode in order to control the shutter speed, and let the camera select the aperture!

As mentioned above just maybe you want to add some motion, movement to the image, therefore doing the opposite with the shutter speed will provide you with movement.

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