What is shutter speed?

Shutter Speed is one of the three exposure controls. Luckily for this article, it is the easiest to understand. Shutter speed is the amount of time that the shutter is open.

Shutter speed is set by fractions of a second as follows:

shutter-speed

Why Does Shutter Speed Affect Motion in a Photograph?

The longer your shutter stays open the more motion it will have time to record.

Shutter Speed: 1/60s Khmer Circus - Photo by Sun Vanndy

Shutter Speed: 1/60s
Khmer Circus – Photo by Sun Vanndy

 

The shorter the time your shutter remains open, the more motion it will freeze.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Photo by Sun Vanndy

Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
Photo by Sun Vanndy

 

How do Aperture and Shutter Speed Work Together?

Well shutter speed determines the amount of TIME your camera’s shutter remains open, but if there was no OPENING allowing for light to enter and hit the sensor, then you would have no image. . . just black. The aperture determines (based on how widely it’s open) the AMOUNT of light that is let in within the amount of time determined by the shutter speed. Read it again and give it a second to sink in.

 

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Enjoy your shooting and good luck.

Categories: Photography, Technical

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