Some Helpful Advice for Beginners Regarding Shutter Speed

Along with aperture and ISO, shutter speed is one of the three fundamental parameters that determine the overall exposure and look of a photo. Shutter speed has both a technical and creative aspect, as you can also leverage it for making effects that would not be visible to the naked eye. If you are new to photography, check out this helpful video tutorial that will give you some useful advice regarding choosing shutter speeds. 

Coming to you from Mark Duffy, this great video tutorial shares some useful advice for selecting the right shutter speed. Perhaps the most important advice I would give a beginner photographer regarding shutter speed would be not to sacrifice it for the sake of keeping your ISO low. Many photographers try to use too slow a shutter speed in an attempt to keep their ISO value lower to reduce the amount of noise in a photo, which often leads to blurry photos due to camera shake or subject motion. Remember, there is a lot modern software can do to reduce noise in a photo, but once an image is blurry due to camera shake or subject motion, there is not much you can do save it. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Duffy. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Just me but when I’m visiting a photography site for info, I’d rather read it over watching a video half filled with advertisements. Also, for a site worried video will kill the photography business…you aren’t helping the problem…

Basically, with regard to exposure time, just do what you have to do to get the shot.