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A shutter is a device that allows light to pass for a determined period of time, for the purpose of exposing photographic film or a light-sensitive electronic sensor to light to capture a permanent image of a scene.

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What is a rolling shutter? When do I have to be aware of it?

In answer to another question, Adam Davis writes: Your camera complicates this by using a rolling shutter above a given speed (usually around 1/200. This means that only a portion of the ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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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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Can anything be done to reduce the shutter sound on my SLR?

I know there's lots of talk around here about 'noise' levels in photographs, but what about the actual sound that the shutter makes on an SLR? Is there anyway to silence it a bit, or is it just a ...
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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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Black bar covering my image

I use a Nikon D610 and whenever I take a picture, I get a black bar at the bottom covering half of the photo. How do I fix this? Is my shutter speed off? It isn't very fast, but no matter what I do I ...
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What is a remote shutter release?

What is a remote shutter release? In what kind of photo situation would I use a shutter release?
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Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter?

Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter? Is it technically possible? Surely this would allow easier syncing with flashes (rather than the usual 1/200s or 1/250s max). I could even ...
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What are shutter actuations?

I was just reading the question How many actuations are "too many actuations"? and trying to figure out what a shutter "actuation" actually is. The only thing I can guess is that it's the number of ...
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What's the difference between Canon's silent and non-silent shooting?

I'm using a Canon 5D MkIII and I've been exceptionally pleased with the results of the 'new' single/continuous silent shooting functionality. I'd like to know what the difference between silent and ...
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When does the camera use the mechanical shutter and when does it use the electronic shutter?

I notice that Nikon P510 is having a 'Electronically controlled mechanical and CMOS electronic' shutter. So, I was wondering when will the camera use the mechanical shutter and when will it use the ...
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Why is there a mechanical shutter in a digital camera?

I understand that in a camera the diameter of shutter opening — the aperture — controls how much light comes in, and this affects the resulting exposure. But I don't understand why, in a digital ...
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What is Quiet mode on a DSLR?

I've heard that some newer DSLRs have a "Quiet" mode that reduces the noise the camera makes when you take a picture (as mentioned in answers to some questions) How does it work? Are there any ...
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How does shutter work when shooting videos?

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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What factors prevent camera sync speeds from being faster?

This came up tangentially in another question. A camera's sync speed is the fastest shutter speed for which the first shutter fully opens before the second shutter begins to close. This is important ...
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How to elimitate light leakage in my Zenit-B SLR?

This question is related to Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR? I found that the problem is in the shutter. When it is cocked left shutter blind looks like that ...
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What are the physical limits of a mechanical shutter?

I've recently found myself shooting a lot of photos on the maximum speed that my camera (a Canon 600D) allows (1/4000). This is quite extreme when thinking about mechanical movements, so I assumed ...
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How can I make slit-scan photographs with a dSLR?

Surfing the web, I stumbled on an iPhone application to make slit-scan images. However, I have no intention of buying a smartphone. How could one achieve similar results using a dSLR (preferably, but ...
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What is the difference in purpose between a focal plane shutter and a leaf shutter on a camera?

I inherited my Grandfather's beautiful Graflex Crown Graphic which he used for his entire career as a portrait photographer. (It's the picture on my avatar if you want to see it.) Doing research on ...
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Why aren't DSLR silent shooting modes enabled by default?

Regarding Canon's silent shooting mode: I have not experienced it personally but people say it is really great for certain situations like weddings, and places where the noise of your camera mirror ...
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What's the difference between vertical and horizontal shutters?

I've always thought that shutters were composed of two vertical curtains that moved along the sensor in order to expose it (at least for most DSLRs). Recently I've bought a Pentax K1000 that ...
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How does dragging the shutter work?

I am reading a photography book which talk about dragging the shutter when a flash is used. It just tell me how to do this trick but doesn't explain why. Can someone here tell me more about how it ...