Saturday, 29 March 2008

Photography prompt 3

"My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right." Ernst Haas
Shutter Speed
This month we are going to look at our shutter speed. For those of us using a camera with some manul settings, you can set the shutter speed to "S" for shutter speed priority. this allows you to alter your shutter speed and your camera will set the aperture setting for you.
Our shutter speed is important when photograhing in low light conditions and when photographing motion shots.
A faster shutter speed will freeze action whereas a slower shutter speed can create a blurred effect (or can just be downright blurry.) When you set your shutter speed on your camera, you’ll see numbers like 60, 120, 250, 1000 and so on. These actually represent 1/60th of a second, 1/120th of a second and so on. So the higher the bottom number on the fraction, the faster the shutter speed. The smaller the number, the slower the shutter speed. You will also see shutter speeds for seconds, indicated by inch marks ("). For example, if the display says 1"5, that indicates a shutter speed of 1½ seconds. If the display says 30", the shutter will be open for 30 seconds.
A general rule of thumb is not to set your shutter speed less than 1/60 when taking a photo without a tripod. A shutter speed less than this, will cause camera shake and you should use your tripod, or a firm static surface, ie a wall, or table.
Shutter Challenge (taken from 2 peas)4. Now set your shutter really high (around 1/1000 of a second or higher) and take the photo again.
1. Find your kitchen sink (that shouldn’t be too hard.)
2. Now locate an object that is going to obstruct the water flowing from the faucet. Basically, you want something that will interrupt the flow of water, causing the water to "splash" around it (similar to what a child’s boots do when tromping through a rain puddle.)
3. Set your shutter speed to 1/80th of a second (indicated by the number 80.) Turn on the water and take the picture.
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18 comments:

Cass said...

Fantastic photography! Wish I could take a decent picture.
Cass xx

Mary B said...

Wow love the differences in the three photo of the splash great take on the prompt that

Tracey said...

WOW thats amazing, wish I could take photos like that

Beejay said...

excellent pics

knitkath said...

Great pics! Lovely clean sink!

mandijane said...

wow fabulous photos

Lynne aka retired nana said...

Well done!
like the sink!!

Claire aka Feline said...

I never like to see water frozen in action, its all about the splashes so I like shutter speed 1/1000, great shots :) xxx

Minty Magic said...

Wow these are great. Love the last one!

Enfys said...

This is really useful, thank you. And I love the pics.

Sue said...

WOW!! I wish i could do that

Heather said...

beautiful photos!! :) Glad I popped by your blog!

Bre~Wiebe said...

cool pics!

Cardmaking Galore said...

the photos are amazing. wish I could take some like these. I think I need more practice. Nice blog too.

Mrs_Tiggy said...

Love the shutter speed shots! I've always wanted to try to do something like that, but just don't have a camera that can do it :)

domestic goddess said...

brilliant hun!!! top marks, lol xx

Anne said...

Great photos. And some really helpful tips re the shutter speed. So thanks, Shirley - great!!

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