Together with aperture and ISO, shutter speed is one of the three tools to you need to know of when shooting in Manual. Shutter speed will add a motion blur or a frozen action to your photograph. Let’s have a look at the examples I’ve made for you!
Shutter speed stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor.
If you want to create a motion blur of a moving big dress for example you can use a slow shutter speed like the first 3 photos in the example below. If your model is jumping or walking you can use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action completely like the last 3 photos in the example.
Shutter speed and aperture
Shutter speed also depends on the amount of light you are working with. As you can see in the photos, I had to increase the aperture to f/22 for a shutter speed of 1/4 S to avoid the photo to be overexposed. The higher the shutter speed, the lower the aperture!
The minimum shutter speed for handheld photos
I always prefer to have my shutter speed at 1/125 S or higher to make sure there is no distracting movements or unsharpness in my photos. I love to work with models who dear to move while posing, it makes the photos more natural and I’m able to capture some unexpected moments in between the shots! Shutter speed is the right tool to make this possible.
I asked my model to dance without stoping in front of my camera so I was able to capture her movements while testing different camera settings.
Thanks Gigi @ Ulla Models!