Photography Tutorials For Beginners – Shutter Speed

The Photography Tutorials For Beginners series kicks off with a tutorial on Shutter Speed. In this video, you will learn what shutter speed is, what it means to have slow or fast shutter speed, the trade-offs and how to get started practicing manual shutter speed control.

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Hey, this is Scott, one kid with a storyteller with a camera talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about, and in this video we’re going to be diving into the starting photography video series. Shutter speeds are quite important when it comes to photography because depending on what you are doing, you will need a different shutter speed for different things. For different John Rosa photography for different things your photographing, you will need a different shutter speed. Typically, shutter speeds in cameras start at 32nd and then go way faster than 30 seconds. What you need to remember is that at 30 seconds your shutter speed is quite long. I mean, think about it. 30 seconds is a long time, but when you get up to something like one 800th of a second one, 1000th of a second, it’s going to be super fast.

This is one 800th of a second. You hear that fast click. That is a fast shutter speed versus 13th of a second. You can hear the difference between the and the right. It’s a little bit longer. Let’s look at this a little different. Here is a 10th of a second. Pay close attention to how long that mirror is up. Now I’m going to go back to one 800th of a second and watch how fast you can barely see the mirror go up and down with the one 800th of a second. So here’s what is happening. When you go to a slower shutter speed, that shutter is open for longer and more light is coming through the lens and reaching your sensor or your film, whichever you are using. That means on the opposite end, if you’re going with a faster shutter speed, it is open for a shorter period of time.

So less light is making its way through the lens. So why would you want shorter versus longer? Well, if you go with a shorter speed in your near dark area, you’re going to allow more light to come through, which means that you can get a brighter scene. Now, this is great for a long exposures in eh, in landscapes. This is great for longer exposures in in churches or, or other religious buildings, things like that, that you can actually put your camera down on a tripod because with a longer shutter speed, it means that if there’s a little bit of shake in your camera, whether you’re handholding or if it’s down on a table and there’s somebody banging on the table and in the vibration that will actually show up in your photo, you will see blur on the flip side at a, at a faster shutter speed, which is less light coming through the lens.

It’s so fast that you can handhold your camera and you won’t see any blur because everything will be perfectly still. That’s typically how a shutter speed works. Again, to recap slower means longer exposure and more light coming through your lens, but at the same time easier to get blur because it’s a longer exposure. Whereas a faster shutter speed means that the mirror is, the shutter is open, less, less light is coming through, but you can handhold because you won’t see any shake for the most part. Now there’s a rule that’s that you should probably follow when you are photographing an object, a subject and that is that if you have a lens that’s a long lens, let’s see, you’re photographing a wedding or a bar mitzvah or whatever it is, some event and you’re using something like a 200 or 300 millimeter lens. What you should do is double the shutter speed.

So here’s what I mean at a 200 millimeter lens, your shutter speed to ensure that you don’t get any blur. Now keep in mind this is when you are not using flash to ensure that you are not getting any blur in your photos. Your shutter speed should be one 400th of a second. If you are photographing sports, ideally your going to be using something like a 400 or 600 millimeter lens professional sports. I mean and at that point your shutter speed needs to be one 800th of a second or more really more if you’re using a 400 millimeter lens. If you’re using a 600 millimeter lens, your shutter speed should be one 12th hundredth of a second or more faster in order to ensure you don’t get any blur. Now, of course, this is where also where ISO and aperture comes into play, but I’m going to save that for another video. What I recommend for you to get a feel for shutter speed is to put your camera into shutter priority. That means that you are controlling the shutter, but you’re letting the camera control the aperture and you can even set your camera to automatic ISO so that it will control the ISO. You don’t have to think about it all you to think about a shutter speed. That is the best way to really get a handle on shutter speed. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you in the next video. About aperture.

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