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Tographer Tuesday: Camera Series-Shutter Speed Part 2

Today we are going to pick up from where we left off last week on shutter speeds.  Last week we talked about how the faster the shutter is the less light you let in but the more crisp your images are going to be and the slower your shutter speed is the more light and less sharp your images are going to be. Now to jump into things this week we are going to talk about what it looks like on your camera and how to set it.  Shutter speed also known as f stop is measured in seconds and fraction of seconds.  It typically ranges from 30 seconds to 1/4000 of a second depending on the photograph you want to capture. Now the rule of thumb is that your shutter speed should never be lower than the length of your lens when you hand hold your camera.  So if you have a 135mm lens then your shutter speed should not go lower then 1/135 because when it goes lower then your images will have what is called camera shake or basically the natural movement of your body holding the camera.  When you get lower then the length of your lens to avoid camera shake simply place your camera on a tripod so that it is stationary. Below are some examples of different shutter speeds and how changing the shutter speed can change your photograph both in the amount of light let in and the speed of the objects being photographed.  As you can see the water is sharper as it goes from 1/10 to 1/40 and there is less light as well. 1/10 of a second:

1/20 of a second:

1/40 of a second:

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