Shutter Speed is Like the Curtain in Your Window


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)
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2 thoughts on “Shutter Speed is Like the Curtain in Your Window

  1. Flickr: D. Travis North

    Of the two shots (this one vs. Motion 2, I think I like this one the best. It could certainly be lighted slightly…but the shutter speed on this one is just short enough that you can still make out that these are train windows.

    On the other hand, the other is so abstract that it’s so beautiful, even if you can’t tell what it is. Both are awesome.

    Meanwhile…you may want to crop this to enter it into the Shutter Photo Ribbon contest that we’re running right now – you can read more about it on our site: Shutter Photo Ribbon Contest – Official Rules – the winner gets their "ribbon" (narrow cropped photo) displayed at the top of our site for three months.