A Tip on Fast Shutter Photography
Shooting at a fast shutter speed is essential for freezing the motion of a moving subject. But how fast should you go? Here is a quick tip on selecting the correct shutter speed by @BrettMichaud, our new instructor.
Fast Shutter Photography Tip
Fast Shutter Photography Tip by Brett Michaud
Whether the beating of a bird’s wing, the movement of leaves in the wind or the ocean’s rolling waves, there is only one way to avoid a blurry image when things are moving: a suitably fast shutter speed!
And how fast that shutter speed should depend on the speed of movement and your focal length. A quick rule of thumb for waves is to take a shot at 1/250th of a second and then check the image to see if there is any blur. If there is, you should, at the very least, double the speed to 1/500th for starters.
I will be the first to admit that the settings used to capture this image are NOT ideal! Admittedly, 1/1600th of a second is extreme overkill to catch the waves without any blur. On this particular day, to shoot at this speed, I had to turn my ISO up to 1000. This rendered a final image that was filled with noise. What I should have done was drop my ISO until my shutter speed was between 1/500th and 1/1000th of a second. As a result, I would have ended up with a much cleaner image.
Full disclosure: As I rarely see waves like this where I live, I will admit to being a little “shutter release” happy and thus, did not check my settings before I started snapping shots. As a result, I ended up with an image that I like but is filled with noise. The lesson here: always check your settings before you start shooting. But hey, no one is perfect! This is a lesson I learned the hard way.
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