Learning how to use shutter speed can take your photography to the next level, allowing you to create beautiful stylized images of nature or capturing the intensity of high-speed moments.
Watch below how Chris Burkard uses shutter speed in his photos, then read on to see more detail about working with different speeds.
What Shutter Speed is: The amount of time the camera shutter is open while taking a photo, exposing light to to sensor.
Shutter speed is measured in seconds or fractions of a second. The larger the denominator, the faster the speed (for example, 1/4000 is faster than 1/30).
When considering what shutter speed to use in an image you should always ask yourself whether anything in your scene is moving and how you want to capture it.
Use a faster shutter speed (1/200 - 1/4000) while shooting fast-moving subjects to freeze the subjects in motion.
Slower shutter speeds (1/15 - 15 seconds) add motion blur to a photo.
If you’re using a shutter speed slower than 1/60 you will need to either use a tripod or another kind of stabilization.
Use a shutter speed of 15 seconds to capture stunning nighttime photos.
For more on shutter speed, check out Chris's class Outdoor Photography: Shooting at Sunset, Sunrise, and Night on Skillshare!