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The shutter speed is a measure of how long how film or sensor is exposed to light, due to the shutter being opened and closed. This is usually measured in seconds, or fractions of a second. Longer shutter speeds allow more light to onto the film or sensor and allow more subject movement.

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How do I photograph the moon with a compact camera?

I have a point and shoot digital camera, with a 26x optical zoom and 10 mega-pixel resolution. What are the adjustments that I should do to get a nice photograph of moon in the night? What are the ...
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How to improve the PowerShot G12 shooting speed?

I have been using a Canon PowerShot G12 for about a year, and find it incredibly slow. In full auto-mode, with good lighting conditions, I feel the G12 regularly takes close to 0.5 s between the time ...
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Why does shutter speed on my D7000 change after every shot in manual mode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object My D7000 is not working properly. No matter what lens I have ...
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What is the highest shutter speed in which the shutter is at some point completely open?

Specifically, for my Nikon D7000, but also in general. Is this shutter speed basically going to be the same shutter speed as the fastest flash sync speed, or the flash sync speed more affected by ...
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What is the rule for shutter speed in macro photography?

The common rule of thumb is that for handheld photography, shutter speed needs to be the inverse of focal length or shorter to avoid blur caused by camera shake; image stabilization gives you a factor ...
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Camera selects different shutter speed on AV Priority vs Auto

I have a Canon 60D. I've had it for a month now. Today while taking pictures I noticed that if I take a picture in AV Priority, the shutter speed is really slow. So I took a picture in Auto and noted ...
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How do I configure a Nikon D90 with minimum shutter speed and aperture?

How can I configure my Nikon D-90 with minimum shutter speed of 1/60th of a second and aperture of f1.4 and have it adjust the ISO and speed as needed? I currently have it working with 1/60th fixed ...
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How do I read the shutter speed from my light meter?

I'm very new to photography. I am doing objects in studio light conditions. I have an Olympus OM-D E-M1. I was given a Sekonic 478DR light meter. Trying to play around with it, and I can't figure ...
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What is the relationship between focal length and shutter speed?

I am very new to photography and am trying to grasp the basics of it these days. Can someone please help me understand the relationship between focal length of a lens and shutter speed of camera?
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What difference do longer exposures such as 30s and 8s make to a photograph?

I have come across feature called longer exposures. How it effects photography? When we have to consider these features?
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What is “Dragging the Shutter”?

Ive heard this term of "dragging the shutter" and was wondering what it means and why would i use it Can anyone answer this?
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Is there a linear relationship between shutter speed and speed of subject to freeze motion?

Is there a calculation that I can do that will calculate the required shutter speed if I know the speed of my subject and want to get a crisp image e.g. freeze motion? For example if I go to a car ...
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Is burst rate higher in RAW mode?

I own a Nikon D5000 and the Wikipedia page says that : Continuous shooting 4 frame/s for 67 Large Fine JPEG or 11 RAW frames Does this mean that keeping the camera in NEF (RAW) mode increases ...
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How to control both aperture and shutter speed for casual portraits

I took a number of ambient light portraits on Friday and I'm a little disappointed by the amount of motion blur (not camera shake) on parts of the subject. Altering the lighting was not an option. I ...
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Why does flash decrease motion blur? [duplicate]

While experimenting with my 600d, I have noticed that on the same shutter speed, without inbuilt flash I get motion blur in my pictures, but with flash there is little to not motion blur (on the same ...
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What can I do to freeze motion in imperfect conditions?

I want to shoot a photo that freezes the motion in action. I have the aperture wide open, shutter speed is as long as I can have it and still freeze the motion, the light I cannot control (e.g., ...
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How to capture a fast moving subject?

I am a photographer and although I have done it for a while I still need help capturing that right picture. Currently I have been taking photos at my church, I am having trouble capturing the ...
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How do I get my Canon 60D to use short shutter speeds with flash in Av mode? [duplicate]

Last night I tried to get some club shots with my 60D (with the 16-35 2.8L lens) at ISO 1600. I had about ¹⁄₁₅ — ¹⁄₂₀ seconds at f/2.8, all in Av mode. When I raised the pop-up flash, I hoped that ...
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What is the best order to set exposure parameters (ISO, aperture, shutter)? [duplicate]

Let's say that you're in a very controlled environment, there is no hurry to get the shot, and you're shooting manual. In order to correctly expose the photo, what order should you alter the ISO (if ...
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How can I see both aperture and shutter speed in Av mode on my Canon 550D?

I used to be able to see both aperture f-number and shutter speed, and change both values on Av mode on my Canon 550 DSLR. Now, I can only see the aperture f-number and not the shutter speed on the ...
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Why don't the Shutter Speed, Exposure Time, Lens Aperture, and F-Number metadata values from my camera make sense?

I was just looking at some digital image properties, and it did not seem to make sense. Shutter Speed: 1/16 sec. Exposure Time: 1/11 sec. Lens Aperture: F/1 F-Number: 2.8 I would have thought that ...
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What is the relationship between burst mode and shutter speed?

I shoot macro and recently have been interested in focus stacking, however with live subjects this becomes quite a challenge. Thus I'm exploring how burst mode actually works. What does the limit on ...
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When shooting in A-mode, at times the shutter speed becomes too slow to hand hold and shoot. How do I solve this?

I'm a beginner photographer and am in the learning phase. The other day I was shooting in the A-mode, I needed a small DOF but the lighting was a bit dark. So when I took the pictures the shutter ...
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How to shoot sharp “landscapes” with a point and shoot camera?

So, I have been told in a thread here previously that the minimum aperture (F8) on my point and shoot camera can cause diffraction and result in losing details of the subject if too many things are in ...
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What determines the fastest shutter speed for an electronic shutter?

I tried my luck over at Robotics but didn't have any luck finding somebody knowledgeable. Somebody therefore suggested to post the question here again. I understand that there are different types of ...
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Is there particular significance to the shutter speeds ¹⁄₁₂₅th and ¹⁄₃₀th? [duplicate]

I am sure this is a common question, but to find it easily, what is significant about 1/125 and 1/30? My teacher asked us and I have no idea. I can not find it anywhere. Why are these shutter speeds ...
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Any ideas on how to capture time?

I have a photography project based around 'time'. I'm struggling to find ideas on how to capture this with the specific detail that has to be involved. My image has to have memorabilia within the ...
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What is the relationship between film speed and shutter speed?

I'm doing my own research on film photography and planning to do it as a hobby. One question I keep is "what is the relationship between film speed and shutter speed?" Are the two completely ...
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How can I fix a Olympus Pen Lite where the EPL5 shutter seems to be locking?

I just bought an Olympus Pen Lite - EPL5 and am having an issue with the manual shutter speed setting (S on the analog control). Each time I shoot a picture the screen goes black and it sounds like ...
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In Canon EOS 1100D how do you manually set shutter speed and ISO in M mode?

Can someone explain how to set the shutter speed and ISO in M(manual) mode in a canon EOS 1100D.?
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How do I set exposure length for my Sony Cyber-Shot P&S camera?

I have a measly Sony Cybershot 7.2MP digital camera and I was wondering if it is possible to manually adjust the exposure length. My goal is to try and take a photo of lightning. It seems like the ...
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How can I get long exposure for star photography with a Nikon Coolpix P900?

I own a Nikon Coolpix P900. I'm still fairly new to photography but I'm interested in learning about photographing the stars. I've read that the best settings to do this are to have an aperture of f/2....
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Little cross on photos with slow shutter speed. Is this a hot pixel?

I found this strange little cross on pictures when I was doing some long exposure photography. I have had some experience with hot pixel in the past, but this thing seems completely new to me. (1:1) ...
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How does Sunset Mode affect exposure on Canon A800?

I was puzzled recently when I did some test shots with my Canon A800 by shooting the same (landscape) scene with and without full optical zoom and with the camera program set to SCN - Sunset. (Sunset ...
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How do I determine the actual calibrated specifications of a Holga?

I've decided to get back to using my Holga, and while in the past I've been happy with the the pics I have taken, I started thinking about how "accurate" the settings on the camera are. (Yes I know ...
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How can I get a fixed short exposure ( < 2s) with a GoPro Hero 4 Black?

Does anybody knows about way to fix or manually set the exposure of a GoPro Hero 4 Black (FW HD4.02.02.00.00). I want to set short exposure (< 2 sec), so that each shot has the same parameter. ...
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How can I shoot in a semi-dark room without very long shutter speeds?

I took a photo in a darkish room. It was in the middle of a cloudy day, but curtains were over the windows, so inside the room it was dark, yet you could see everything. I set aperture priority ...
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Why is my Nikon D300 slow to respond to shutter press regardless of shutter speed?

I hope you can help me with troubleshooting this issue. In an effort to better understand my camera (I know, I know, I'm buying a book soon but I need this problem solved ASAP) I started messing ...
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What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...
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Slowest shutter speed possible using a monopod?

What would be the slowest shutter speed possible while using a monopod and would it make more sense having IS turned on while using a monopod for slow shutter speed?
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How can I achieve this style where the subject isn't blurred but bright lights will be light-painted? [duplicate]

I've been going through a company's photographer photos and I could narrow down two styles I'd like to develop and use in my shots, but I cannot figure out how he managed to do it: It looks like it's ...
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How to photograph panning with a point and shoot camera?

I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself, But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30), I have ...
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Does exposure compensation affect shutter speed in aperture value mode?

When I am shooting in AV/aperture value mode, and I switch to +1 EC, will it affect my shutter speed?
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How to manually select aperture and shutter speed but have auto ISO on a Canon 7D?

I want to be able to manually adjust aperture and shutter speed, but leave ISO being set automatically. How can I do this on my Canon 7D?
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Long exposure mode in Nikon with a Remote shutter control

I want to learn and do some long exposure photography from cars in highways, etc. So I got a wireless remote shutter control! Now in the settings of the camera I see two options, one says Long ...
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Dark zone appearing on pictures when using an external flash [duplicate]

(Moved here from chat) I faced a trouble with my Canon 6D and a Canon SpeedLite 430ex II... I took some shots and here is the result I've had : I've used the very same shutter speed as I was using ...
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How does time of exposure relate to aperture? [duplicate]

I was trying to derive the relation between the aperture and time of exposure. I'm taking two apertures f/2 and f/4. From the formula A α 1/√t I got, f/2 α 1/√t1 -> A and f/4 α 1/√...
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What is the minimum shutter speed for handheld? [duplicate]

I've heard different rule of thumbs for shutter speed. Some will say that it should be no slower than 1/60. Some will say that it should be 1/Focal length. Yet some others will say that to be ...
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Nikon D5100: possible to get more than 30" exposure with self timer?

Is there any way to increase the exposure time longer than 30" in the Nikon D5100? I know there is BULB, but is not working with self-timer.
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Can my Nikon D800E do continuous shooting with different shutter speeds?

I am currently photographing dancers with a Nikon D800E and want to compose an image out of two photos: the first one should have a shutter speed of 1/500 sec (to freeze the position) and the second ...