Which Shutter Speed?

Ok. . . so we have lots of choices for different shutter speeds to use, but how do we know when we should use a slow, medium, or fast shutter speed?  In all honestly, the choice really depends on factors like light level but I will outline below a rough guide to help you as you make your choices.

Slow Shutter Speed (Slower than 1/30 sec)

Use this at night when a long exposure is required to record the scene or use it during the day with a small aperture to blur moving subjects.

Medium Shutter Speed (1/60 – 1/200 sec)

This is a great range for general photography.  Use this when handholding the camera with a standard lens to try and avoid camera shake.  It is also a good choice for slow-moving subjects such as a jogger.

Fast Shutter Speed (1/250 sec and faster)

This is the best choice when it comes to freezing the motion of a fast-moving subject.  You could use it to photograph a galloping horse or cars on a motorway.


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Danielle Rochford has been a certified teacher for over 15 years, practicing her craft with middle school students in British Columbia, Canada. She is also a self-taught landscape photographer and founder of D-Roc Photography and Design. She has spent the past five years teaching online in such areas as English, Math, and Photography. She hopes to continue sharing her expertise with others now on Udemy. Danielle encourages her students to be interactive and provides many opportunities for discussion and feedback. In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoy the solitude of nature. You will often find her traveling through Jasper, AB on a photography adventure.

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