Shutter speed is a measure of how many seconds your shutter stays open. The longer you leave your shutter open, the more light you will let in. Additionally, a longer shutter speed results in blurrier moving objects.
So, how do I read shutter speed???
Shutter speeds are almost always fractional. On my camera's (Canon Rebel Ti1) LCD screen, shutter speed is located at the top left hand corner. They can go as slow as 30 minutes to as fast as 1/4,000 of a second. You may even notice the word BULB as an option. This means that the shutter will remain open as long as the shutter button is being pressed. This basically means the faster the shutter speed, the less light you let into your camera. This also means less "movement" in your pictures. Handholding your camera is best at 1/30th of a sec and faster. If you go below 1/30 (and you lack ninja-like balance) then you need a tripod or a steady surface for your camera. Otherwise, the slightest hand movement will result in a blurry picture.
Picking your shutter speed is determined by the light you have available in your scene as well as the "feeling" you want to project. For example, if you are photographing a drag race and you want to freeze the movement of the car at that moment in time then you want to use a really fast shutter speed (1/ 2000). If you want capture its speed and show some movement then you may use a slower shutter speed of (1/60).
I'm not an expert (just a chick with a camera, a blog and an exquisite rack), so here are some sites you can refer to for more information on shutter speed:
Now on to the good stuff!
Feb 11, 2011
I was hungry when I took this photo
|You didn't miss anything by not eating one of these. They were stale...yuck|