Photography Basics Understanding Shutter Speed

To free yourself from the chain and ball of automatic mode and get control of your camera, it is necessary to grasp the fundamentals of photography. In this article, we’ll be talking about a crucial aspect of photography, time.

It’s all about timing.

Have you ever seen one of those photos that show the blurred motion of a dancer? Or one in which they “stop” in the course of birds. This is done by altering the speed at which your camera’s shutter is opened. A slower shutter speed can allow you to capture the blurring of motion that your subject is experiencing (e.g., moving train), while a higher shutter speed will do oppositely, freezing the motion.

If you wish to create motion in your photos, choose slower shutter speeds. Increase it when you’re looking to slow motion.

To alter the timing of your shutter speed, change your camera into time-based mode. It is indicated by”Tv” (for Canon cameras) or the letter T (for Nikon and Sony users). If you select that mode, it indicates that your camera once again enters semi-automatic mode. When you select the time that you’d like to shoot, the camera decides on how big the aperture is to ensure that it can get adequate exposure based on your surroundings.

Based on the camera you use, when you rotate the dial or use the left and right buttons, you’ll notice the following number, which is changing. It’ll be marked with the number 1/a, for example. 1/200, or by a number” such as. 2″. 1/200 is the time when the aperture will be opened, waited for 1/200 seconds, and then shut–which is pretty fast, which means that 2″ indicates that the aperture will be opened for two seconds. Therefore, 1/200 is a quicker shutter than” since it requires less time for the camera to take the photo.

Be aware that based on the lens and camera, the fastest and slowest shutter speed range from 1/8000 up to whatever you want to set.

Exercise: Controlling Motion, and Freezing Time

The most effective way to master an idea is to try it out in person. Take your camera and practice the lessons we’ve learned so far.

The tools you need are:

A camera, preferably one with a camera with a DSLR
Your subject, eg. A tissue piece you may have lying about
Fan. To generate motion.
The tripod is optional, or mini-tripod is included with the majority of purchases

Check your camera’s settings, and then change the focus point to that in the middle in case you’re not.

Set your camera in shutter priority mode, and then dial in an aperture speed of 1/5
Keep your tissue paper before the fan.
Make sure you focus on the tissue, then capture the image
Then, without moving your camera, you can increase your speed up to 1/300. Keep your camera in the same location and snap the photo.
Save both images on your computer.
Note how in the first image, you have captured the tissue moving around, and the blur is everywhere, while in the second image, it appears as if the tissue did not move.

Suppose you’ve stayed on the right track Congratulations! You’ve discovered how to freeze time. Capturing photos with shutter priority can be fun! Encourage your family members to jump while you shoot a photo or even show you the pace of your nephew running.


The Shutter Speed is the duration you need to wait for pictures to be exposed.
The slower your speed, the longer you give your subject to be displayed in your photos.
Use the shutter priority feature when you wish to convey motion. Think flying birds, kids running, or when you need to freeze an extremely fast-moving object, such as airplanes or jumping people.