Hello all fellow readers, thanks for checking back in! Today I researched both slow shutter speed shots and fast shutter speed shots (which is how quickly the lense opens and closes during a shot). I also played around with some techniques and want to share so that you guys can go out and try them yourselves!
So, to start things off,I really want to emphasize just how cool slow shutter speed pictures are, if you take them the right way. It’s almost like a time-lapse video, but the picture isn’t moving, so your eyes do all the imagining on how the objects moved to create the trail evident in the shot.
For example, those really cool light pictures making words or art (Picasso is a big artist known for doing that), or shots by photographer Ernst Haas who experimented with slow shutter. I really do love his shot of ballerinas at the New York City Ballet. The trail of dancers are prominent but the man, who I can only guess is an onlooker, is in perfect focus, which is a very appealing to the eye. Slow shutter captures both the movement and stillness at once.
You may wonder how it’s possible to do both of those things at once. The answer to your protruding question is simple: a tripod. Not even a tripod really, honestly anything that can ensure your camera from moving will work perfectly.
I personally suggest you using the setting “Tv” (shutter priority) on your camera to take these shots. A little tip I picked up on is that the slower the shutter (possibly start with 1/60), the blurrier the shot.
Jack Long is a photographer who’s very good at capturing water using fast shutter speeds to his advantage. This shot is part of his ‘River’ series, and it really makes you wonder A.) how did that man do this? and B.) how can I do this? I can certainly answer B.
There are a couple key factors in taking fast shutter speed shots; one is that you definitely want to make sure you use wide aperture and high ISO, because the faster the shutter speed, the more light you’ll need to make sure the photo is not underexposed.
Overall, experimenting with slow to fast shutter speeds is enjoyable, and if you get one good shot, you’ll be able to start something along the lines of a professional portfolio. So keep it up fellow photographers and thank you for checking my latest post out. I’ll catch you next time on Capture-vating.