Day 3: shutter speeds: shooting fast vs. shooting slow
(Lucky for me, my self-study calendar is like IDL college classes - I don’t have to show up every day, but it helps if I do it in order. With the storm cell that moved through, plus three days of garden planning and nursery building, I feel that I’m excused.)
I’ll be honest: the hardest part of this for me was to remember that shutter speed and aperture/f-stop are not the same. Somehow I managed to always get the three confused in the middle of shooting.
Fast shooting is to capture moments in time, and is best for motion stills, and for bright light shots. Slow shooting allows in more light, since the shutter is open longer, so it’s good for shady spots and motion shots that you want to show in motion.
The ‘practice’ for this was to lock ISO and aperture, and shoot several photos of a single subject, changing speed by one click every shot. All this to see the effects of speed on lighting and motion (if the subject in question was moving, of course). I took what I had to work with at 2000 on a Saturday night, and was pleased to be able to tell the effects of lighting as my speed decreased. I also learned I need a tripod, or a steady surface. I am one shaky-handed bitch. XD
All photos taken with a Kodak Z740; f/4, ISO400, 6mm, no flash. Shutter speeds are: 6”, 4”, 3”, 2”, 1.5”, 1”, .7”, .5”, 1/3, 1/4.
- w4nderluck posted this