Lesson 1: Shutter Speed

by Beth Taylor January. 01, 2018 832 views

Shutter Speed is a key part of photography, and can be used to create dramatic effect by freezing action or bluering motion. Shutter speed is the length of time the camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. A slow shutter speed makes moving objects appear blurred, and are often used to photograph lightning, or landscape photographers to capture the moving effect of water whilst everything else is in focus. Fast shutter speeds can capture a moment of action, and so are often used in wildlife photography such as birds in flight.

I recently visited London to see the Christmas lights, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to use shutter speed to capture the streets in a totally new way. I used the slow shutter speed on my camera to allow the lights to blur as they moved when the camera shutter was open. It was difficult to keep the camera still without a tripod, but it did add to the movement of the light in the shot.

This is my favourite photo, because I like the balance of blur and definition, and how you can make out the angel shape in the lights.

This is my favourite photo, because I like the balance of blur and definition, and how you can make out the angel shape in the lights.

I love the trailing lines of light pictured in this photo.

I love the trailing lines of light pictured in this photo.

I like this photo less because the shutter speed is too fast and so the blur looks less deliberate.

I like this photo less because the shutter speed is too fast and so the blur looks less deliberate.

This photo had a longer shutter speed and is therefore far more chaotic with more jagged and blurred lines. I quite like the comparison with the less abstract versions of the same photo.

This photo had a longer shutter speed and is therefore far more chaotic with more jagged and blurred lines. I quite like the comparison with the less abstract versions of the same photo.

Today is the first of a series on my channel which I am beginning as part of my Silver Arts Award in Photography. Part A is when you begin to develop your skills in your chosen art form. I decided to work on my technique, focusing on a different aspect of photography technique each week for 8 weeks. I will then post on my blog about the skill, and some photos I took when attempting it. At the end, I will do a summary post, where I choose one photo from each post to include, and will review the process. I really appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, on my posts, so please comment anything you'd like to say. I would love it if you would follow me on my journey to try and improve on photography technique!

If you are interested in doing silver arts award, go to their website: http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

Please help me complete Part D of my arts award by giving me some information on photography careers: https://www.photoblog.com/forum/t/careeers-in-photography/44360

Source website for this information: https://photographylife.com/what-is-shutter-speed-in-photography

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Lily Z 1 year, 9 months ago

Good job! I love the bright colours in these. Clear explanation of how this works as well, this has taught me something. Would to see some examples of fast shutter speed as well though.

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Beth Taylor Replied to Lily Z 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, glad you liked them. Hopefully I will do another post later on in the series based on quick shutter speed, as you're right it was missing from this post.

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Marcus Taylor 1 year, 11 months ago

These are just great, Beth. You write clearly and I am interested to know more about the award towards which you are working. These are a considered exploration of an aspect - shutter speed - which work really well individually and which have led you to a pure abstract image, which I really like. Your self-evaluation is strong.

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Beth Taylor Replied to Marcus Taylor 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks, I'm glad you liked them, I was pleased with the way that they turned out, especially considering I took them from the window of a double decker bus!
 I am currently reviewing my posts in a scrapbook which I will then submit for my arts award. There are also many other sections, including the one I mentioned in my posts about research in photography careers.

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