Shutter Speed is Like the Curtain in Your Window
April 8, 2010
Motion, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8. This photo was featured as one of the 10 Most Interesting Photos of 2009 from the SP@Flickr Group.
This is a continuation of my previous post on Shutter Speed.
The DSLR can be a confusing and intimidating device for some. Trust me I know, it happen to me and up to now I still get a little confuse when I’m in a situation I’ve never been before. Here’s how I thought myself how to learn about shutter speed and all the other stuff, I always imagine that my Camera is a window and the shutter speed is like the curtains or a window shade, why? If you are in a room and you open the window curtains or shade, you are basically letting the light shine inside the room(Assuming it’s daytime. (:-)). Now, the longer you leave the curtains or shade open, the longer the room is illuminated, and more light comes in.
Things to remember:
- A fast shutter speed will freeze the action
- A fast shutter speed reduces the chance of blur in your pictures when especially when using non stabilized telephoto lenses
- A slow shutter speed will blur action
- A slow shutter speed can offer creative effect (ex. motion blur and zoom blur)