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Together Tuesday: Camera Series-Shutter Speed

Together Tuesday is back on the blog this Tuesday and today to we diving into shutter speed. Shutter speed is the time it takes for the shutter to go up and down to allow the light expose your sensor. Basically a shutter is a curtain that protects your sensor.


To take a photo the image/light has to travel through the lens and to the sensor to actually make a photograph. The shutter blocks the sensor and depending on what it's set on will open and close to allow the light and photo to be taken by the sensor.


Shutter speed is used to control the amount of light hitting the sensor but also to capture movement in a photograph. The more movement in a photograph, for example ice skaters skating across the ice, you will need to use a higher shutter speed to freeze the subject. If you use a lower shutter speed then the subject will appear blurred.


The other thing shutter speed does is again let's in light. The slower the shutter speed, the more light is let into the sensor making the photo lighter. The higher the shutter speed, the less light is let into the sensor making the photo darker.


Next Tographer Tuesday we will break down shutter speed settings and look at differences of shutter speeds.



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