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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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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

Here are some common shutter speeds you will find on most DSLR cameras: 1⁄15, 1⁄30, 1⁄60, 1⁄125, 1⁄250, 1⁄500, 1⁄1000, 1⁄2000, 1⁄4000 As you move from left to right, or as you increase the shutter ...
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How can I improve my soft-focus shots out of a moving vehicle?

I was shooting with a shutter speed of 1/4000, f/7, ISO 800, using a 70-300mm telephoto lens. I have been shooting through the windshield of my SUV. Is there a filter I can use to help me get better ...
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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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Which equipment and settings were used for this kiteboarding photo?

My question is how was this picture taken. And I've got a few assumptions I made regarding the photo, please correct me when I am wrong. Low aperture value, like 1.4-2.0 Quite high shutter speed, my ...
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Finding the real settings of my camera

I installed the CHDK firmware on my camera. One of the options it has is to show the "true" ISO that any given displayed ISO represents (eg. display ISO 80 is really ISO 45). This got me wondering: ...
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What all techniques and best practices I should use or improve for these photos? [closed]

I am beginner in photography. These two photos are taken in manual mode and I feel it's perfect shot. Please have a look and let me what all things I should improve and what I shouldn't consider. ...
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Should changing the shutter speed affect the moon's color?

I just took two moon photos: one at shutter speed= 1/400 and the other at 1/200. Both @200mm, f/8, 100 ISO I can understand with a higher shutter speed less light will enter into camera sensor, ...
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Is noise related to shutter speed as well as ISO?

I understand that as I increase ISO, I'll increase the amount of noise in the resulting image. With a constant aperture I can decrease ISO and slow the shutter speed (assume a non-moving subject, ...
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Why does my bridge camera underexpose in Tv mode at 1/1000s?

I'm an amateur so please feel free to be basic with any responses!! I have been trying to figure out how to use the different functions on my Canon Powershot SX60 HS with little luck! I am trying to ...
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Why do cameras use a single exposure rather than integrating across many very quick reads?

I have never understood why cameras need a shutter with a specific speed and why this cannot be adjusted in postprocessing. I think that present sensor works in an integral way: they save the amount ...
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What is the shutter speed needed to stop motion?

I find that taking pictures where the subject is in motion (people, pets, toy helicopters) I get a blur where there is movement. On the other hand I see images of a drop of water in free fall in ...
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In what way does shutter speed affect a photo?

Is there a rule like "the lower the speed the better quality?" I tried taking at different speeds but couldn't understand the difference.
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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

Why is it more effective to use "a slit travelling from top to bottom of the sensor" in faster shutter speeds, rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly? And the slit thing only comes in fast ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I lock the shutter speed on a Nikon D90? [duplicate]

I don't know how to lock the shutter speed on a Nikon D90. Any time I take a picture, the shutter speed changes automatically even if it's on Manual mode. Any way to lock it?
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Why can't some cameras have bigger maximum exposure times?

Why can't, for example, a smartphone camera have longer exposure times (like 10s or more), does it have some hardware limitations that would damage the phone, like, overheat the sensor or something ...
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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

I'm a bit of a newbie with my Nikon D5200. I see the longest the shutter can stay open for is 30 sec on this camera. How do I get it to stay open for longer? Do I need a remote?
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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Why is shutter speed almost always too long with my Panasonic Lumux GH4 in iA mode?

I recently purchased the Lumix GH4 and I am having problems with indoor flash photos. I have a zoom lens that I rarely use, a Leica DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm/F1.2, and a Leica SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Lens. ...
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Why is shutter speed changing after each shot in manual mode?

I set my D7100 to M (manual), set the aperture to f5.6 and the shutter to 1/250. After I take a picture the shutter speed changes. Is this normal?
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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 are the lines on a screen looked through the camera with varying ISO's?

I have Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro and I was just experimenting with the camera when I saw lines on the screen. Well this was not the first time I saw them but when I varied the ISO(from Auto to ...
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

I tried taking some photos during an office event and noticed that they are all blurred. Can someone suggest what can I do avoid/reduce this ? A sample Picture is given below: **Larger version at ...
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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 actual exposure changing as I go from one extreme to the other in aperture priority mode?

I just got my first DSLR, Nikon D5200 and after reading various tutorials and understanding basics of Exposure Triangle, I was out for testing my knowledge to get a practical view of how things get ...
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Why is maximum shutter speed fixed on Nikon DSLRs when using flash?

I recently upgraded from D300 to D800 and I was very excited about the new auto ISO feature that automatically sets the maximum shutter speed based on focal length (including an adjustable ...
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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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How does shutter work when shooting videos? [closed]

I am a little confused about the concept of shutter speed in video shooting mode. I assume that the "shutter speed" means how fast the shutter would open and close. When this happens, I would hear a ...
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

Is it a good practice if I always use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting? I mean, in the day, with good lighting, where I don't need any special effects like trailing? I am thinking this ...
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Why is my Canon DSLR's shutter speed slower than what I've set in Tv mode?

From what I understand, when in Av mode, the flash behaves largely as fill flash - the exposure is more or less set as if no flash is in use. However, in Tv mode, the manual suggests the shutter speed ...
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I must teach someone how a dSLR works at work. Where can I find an animation for this? [closed]

I must teach someone how a dSLR works at work. So YouTube, Vimeo and, generally, videos are banned. My 'apprentice' is smart, however I feel that he needs an animation with a 'transparent' (CGI) dSLR ...
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Why are shutter speed and ISO sometimes shown in strange fractions?

Sometimes, browsing 500px or any other photo site that holds EXIF info, I see some weird shutter and ISO tagging. Some EXIF says that the photo was taken with 80000 or 160000 ISO. Is it relevant to ...
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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background? [duplicate]

I am trying to achieve the type of photo where the people/moving parts of the photograph are virtually invisible, but the static background is perfectly sharp. For example, I am taking a photo ...
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What is the difference between UHS-I & UHS-II Memory Cards for Canon 550D T2i [duplicate]

I have Canon 550D T2i Camera and I am using Sandisk Ultra to capture photos. Recently I have tried to capture shots at night in Auto Mode and found it very slow and missed some good shots. So I ...
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How to take fast-shutter-speed photos that aren't dark?

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 ...
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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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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 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 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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Why does the screen go black when I make the shutter speed faster? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 600D and in manual mode, if I make the shutter speed higher, then the screen turns blackish/black; but with the same settings when I open the camera's flash it works well. In the day, ...
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Why is my camera limited to a shutter speed of 1/250th when the flash is up?

Sometimes in bright backlight and with large aperture (f2.8) I want flash at high shutter speeds. But when I pop the flash up on D7000 it caps the shutter speed to 1/250th, which overexposes the ...
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Canon 60D shutter speed problem [duplicate]

I have a Canon 60D EOS. I can not change the shutter speed higher than 1/250. I updated the firmware to 1.1.1 but nothing changed. Also I updated the Magic Lantern firmware but still I see the same ...
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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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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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Why don't people care any more about shutter speed accuracy?

With most old (film) cameras people were concerned about shutter speed accuracy at all speeds even if it was an electronic shutter. Nowadays, people seem not to be concerned with this when buying ...
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Getting a sharp focus on a 50mm when the subject is at 5m - 10m [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer with a 450D/XSi. I'm using a 50mm/1.8 prime lens to start out and I noticed that a lot of times my pictures end up not being sharp for stationary scenes. I was mostly using ...
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

I was wondering how I take a picture of a waterfall in motion but also have a person as my main subject. I know I have to use a slower shutter speed, and use a tripod to get the water in motion. How ...
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Why is 1/250th second used as shutter speed when using a speedlight with my Nikon D7000?

I've got a Nikon D7000, if I increase the shutter speed it eventually goes to the bulb option and after that to 250, I've been told that 250/second is specifically for when using a speedlight as ...
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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 ...