Questions tagged [shutter-speed]

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 should I photograph falling snow?

We don't get much snow in the UK, so I don't have much experience photographing it, and when I tried photographing falling snow last year I found it very hard to capture the snowflakes in the air — ...
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Do fluorescent lighting and shutter speed create a problem with color cast?

I took a bunch of photos at my son's martial arts club using a D90 with a 50mm F1.8. The club is lit with overhead fluorescent lighting, and I was getting some weird results where some shots are "...
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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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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 some tips for shooting in low light?

I own a Canon 450D with just the standard kit lens that comes with it (I don't plan buying a new lens for a while) and one thing I tend to struggle with is shooting in lower light conditions, indoors ...
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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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When to use shutter priority instead of aperture priority?

Under what circumstances would you use aperture priority vs. shutter priority and vice-versa? I typically don’t use shutter priority (ever) and favor aperture priority to try to get a max aperture ...
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How can I determine the minimum shutter speed to avoid blur from camera shake?

How can I determine the minimum shutter speed at which I can effectively avoid camera shake while hand-holding the camera?
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Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras?

For example, my Canon 550D will only go as far as 30 sec (and then of course the bulb mode). For measuring exposure, I think all the camera needs is a timer, and I have no doubt they would have to do ...
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Do very short shutter speeds result in diffraction?

I'm curious if very short exposure times (say 1/8000 or even 1/16000) would cause noticeable blur due to diffraction. To achieve very fast shutter speeds focal-plane shutters start to close the ...
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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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Are there general rules for selecting the correct shutter speed and ISO in manual mode?

I have purchased my first DSLR (a Canon 500D) and have been playing around quite a lot within the aperture priority mode, with auto shutter speed and ISO. Anyways as I would like to become a better ...
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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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How do the stars in this photo appear without star trails even at a long shutter speed?

I found an image of the night sky taken by James Sainty at http://500px.com/photo/11615131. It has the following EXIF metadata: Camera Canon 5D Mk II Lens Canon 16-35mm L Focal Length 16mm Shutter ...
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Do the same camera settings lead to the same exposure across different sensor sizes?

Let's say I have a micro-4/3rd camera and a full frame camera, both set to 1/60 at f/2.8, taking a picture of the same scene in the same lighting. Will the exposure be the same across both cameras ...
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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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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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How can I make good fountain/waterfall photos?

I have a Canon Digital EOS Rebel XT camera, and I wonder how you could take photos of moving water like rivers, waterfalls and fountains...
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What else changes with zoom?

Let me start with the general question: Consider the following situation. I want to take a picture of a particular object (that is, not a scenic shot). I can alter my distance from the subject ...
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What is Bulb Mode?

My camera has a 'bulb mode,' and several questions on photo-SE refer to using Bulb Mode. A few questions: What is 'Bulb Mode?' Why is it called 'Bulb Mode?' What is 'Bulb Mode used for?
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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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Where do non-standard shutter speeds come from?

When I google "shutter speed" and explore a few first hits, there is always listed only the standard shutter speeds - 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15 etc But, when I go looking at ...
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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 are only certain shutter speeds or apertures available?

For the exposure control function DSLRs there are specific shutter speeds available. For example there are 1/4, 1/100, 1/500. Why, even in high end DSLRs, is there no option to use a custom shutter ...
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Since the speed of light is so high, why does shutter speed even matter?

When a camera's shutter is opened, if light reaches the sensor instantaneously (speed of light = 300.000 km/s), why does shutter speed modify picture sharpness/detail? Why do pictures get darker with ...
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How to capture rays of light in a photograph using a DSLR camera [duplicate]

I'm using Nikon D750 DSLR camera. How can I capture the rays of light as represented in these two black and white photographs? I mean in terms of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and filter use. by ...
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Why does the left windmill have too many blades?

Ok, check this shot out: These are the 3 windmills in Marshfield Massachusetts. It was shot from Provincetown, MA about 35 miles away. (I wasn't out to shoot them, I was shooting Right Whales... I ...
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Why is shutter speed usually limited to 30 seconds? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras? My Nikons - D70, D80, D300, D800 all have a maximum long exposure of 30 seconds (as far as I ...
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At what shutter speeds is mirror lock-up worthwhile?

Exposition I know what mirror lock-up is and what it's good for, but I'm curious about the range of shutter speeds where it provides a real benefit. A little background I use a nice, sturdy tripod ...
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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 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 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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Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration?

My understanding of flash sync is that: Up to a certain speed – apparently 1/250-1/500 for focal-plane shutters – the shutter curtains have a moment during which they are fully open. The ...
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How do I use the different shutter speeds my camera offers?

If I use a shutter speed below 1/30 on my Nikon P100, I get extremely dark images which are completely unusable. If I use the flash, it comes out fairly bright but just not natural. My camera ...
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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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What's the use of a very fast shutter speed, faster than 1/4000?

I am planning to buy a new DSLR and am comparing two models. One of them has a fastest shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀₀₀th of a second while other has a limit of ¹⁄₈₀₀₀th. I know that a fast shutter speed will ...
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What configuration would limit my DSLR's shutter speed to 1/200?

I'm using a T4i with a 100mm f/2.8L (with macro twin flash). In manual mode, I could select any shutter speed down to 1/4000. However, when shooting the DSLR would set it back to 1/200. Does it depend ...
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Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable?

Imagine you have an scene with shutter speed 1/60, f/8 and ISO 200. Then you change the configuration to get an equivalent exposure: speed 1/120, f/5.6, ISO 200 (plus one stop in speed, minus one stop ...
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Why do moving objects in photos appear blurry?

When taking a photo on most cameras, if you take a picture of a moving object, the object appears blurry. Why does this happen exactly?
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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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How important is ISO speed?

My wifes Canon EOS 450D has various speed settings and an auto mode. The quickest one is 1600. She photographs mainly birds, both stationary and in flight and mainly still insects. What are the ...
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How can I take photos during a school dance?

I am a beginner photographer, and I am on our school's yearbook committee. We have school dances. There are lots of strobe lights, lasers, and UV lights. So basically, the worst conditions for photo ...
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How much does a camera move in 1/250 of a second?

Many photographers will tell you that you should always use a tripod for best results. But what if I have the shutter speed set at 1/250 of a second? Just how much would the camera move or shake if I ...
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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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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 that'...
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Should I prefer raising ISO or lowering the shutter speed in a low light condition?

Example: 1. A "still" object/scene. 2. Night time. 3. The only light source you have is: a tubelight on a wall. Provided, you want sharpness all around so you won't maximize the aperture. Flash ...
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How do I manually set the aperture and shutter speed, while auto selecting ISO with the Nikon D90?

I have a Nikon D90 and would like to set the aperture to f/1.4 and the shutter speed to around 1/60, all while having the camera compute what ISO is required for the current light conditions. I am ...
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What is the fastest possible shutter speed?

Is there a theoretical maximum at which a shutter cannot go faster (aside from the speed of light :-))? Is there a camera which has the fastest shutter speed? What is the advantage of this?
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Does the shutter speed and focal length rule of thumb apply to cropped sensor cameras?

So, the rule of thumb for shutter speed is that it shouldn't be less than 1 / focal length. Well, that's straight forward on full frame cameras, but what about cropped sensor cameras? Is it going to ...
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Why do two different cameras using the same settings produce photos with different exposure levels?

Please refer to this photo: http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/94/1600full.jpg The image on the left was taken with a Panasonic GH2, a micro-4/3rds camera with a crop factor of 2, and the right one ...

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