Vkclicks: What is Shutter Speed

Friday, 23 May 2014

What is Shutter Speed

In previous article we have gone through the ISO and Aperture now it is time understand the what is shutter speed.
In this article I will explain shutter speed in simple terms.

what is shutter speed ?

In below shot I have used shutter 1/200 to capture this floating match stick.

shutter speed is nothing but the amount of time that the shutter is open for taking a photograph.

In simple words,If the shutter is fast, that will freeze the action and you will get clean and clear photo. Faster shutter will allow you to capture that moment before it escapes, like in above shot i have used fast shutter to freeze the floating matchsticks.
If the shutter speed is slow it will create the motion blur effect, where you will get blurred effect in the direction of the motion. Light painting photography is the example of slow shutter.

In below shot i have used shutter 3.2 seconds to capture motion blur effect.

For Example - The one on the left taken at shutter 1/25 and right one at shutter 1/800 to capture the moving hand.
you can easily guess that by using fast shutter i
am able to freeze the moving hand, but for the left shot i used slow shutter that's why i got a blur motion in the image.

Shutter Speed 1/25

Shutter Speed 1/800

If you’re using a slow shutter then you have to use a tripod for image stabilization, that will help you to avoid the unwanted blurring in your image.

Shutter speed is measured in seconds. In our DSLR we can see the shutter options like 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8 etc.  shutter 1/250 is bigger than shutter 1/8.

As I have already mentioned in previous articles aperture and shutter setting are dependent on each other. Once you change the shutter speed it will automatically change the aperture setting of your DSLR.

Experiment with your shutter setting and observe how this setting impact on your image.

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  1. That is a lovely post to demystify the terminologies of motion photography. Well explained

  2. Thank u Ami :) appreciate ur support

  3. That's a concept explained well, quick and simple. Good one Vishal!