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Photo Tips – Shutter Speed

We’re getting technical again! Today we’ll discuss shutter speed, how it affects your photos, and what settings you might use.

Shutter Speed (also called exposure time) is the amount of time the shutter remains open when you press the shutter button. Shutter speed is measured in seconds. So for example, 1/500 means the shutter is open for 1/500th of a second. The higher the number, the less time the shutter is open exposing the digital sensor (or film).

When photographing kids or moving objects, the shutter speed needs to be higher to avoid those faster moving things being blurry. We would recommend using a setting over 1/250 in that situation. In extremely dark situations, using a very low shutter speed could help you out, however a tripod is a must and it will not work when photographing moving objects. You can see below how shutter speed affects blur.

There are other settings you can use to avoid blur in conjunction with shutter speed, which we will talk about later on, so stay tuned!

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