I was taking pictures of some water splashes. I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to make them look frozen in time.
I have not used manual mode yet. I use the settings where I can pick the shutter speed and the camera picks the appropriate aperture (and vice versa).
I am using the Canon 60D. My only lens currently is the 18-200mm kit lens.
I set the shutter speed to about 2000. The picture overall looked good but the splash wasn't as sharp as I would have liked it. (I did not use a tripod but I held it pretty steady and my lens has IS)
So I switched to the max shutter speed of 8000, I do not know how sharp it was, because the picture was too dark to see any detail.
Why is this? It was midday, a little gloomy but still decent daylight. I know I could possibly have made it brighter by raising the ISO but I don't want the photo to look noisy either.