Ever wish you could stop the action only to experience the disappointment that comes with out of focus shots? Or, would you like to produce those artsy photos you see of silky water or dramatic sports images? One of the things I cover in lessons is the use of shutter priority. What’s that mean? Well, you can determine the look of your photo in advance by understanding shutter speed. Your shutter either acts to freeze or blur motion so get it working for you. Here are the basics:
1- Fast speeds freeze motion and work best under bright light, simple. Look at the detail in the photo below…
2-Slow speeds will accentuate motion with soft blurs and done intentionally will add lots of extra appeal making for great pictures. Check out the image of the soccer game below…
Start experimenting using the info above. One point of confusion I see is that some people confuse ISO with shutter speed. Nope, ISO is set to facilitate the speed you desire.
To see shots depicting the use of these techniques, view the images in the slideshow here and read over another article I found on the subject here.
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With Winter over my guided nature excursions are on hold ’til the Fall but I’m available for other instruction by appointment and am of course available should you email in a question as some often do- Gordon.
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