S is for SHUTTER

So you want to capture action?

Cowboy on horse

Nikon F3, 200mm telephoto f4@1/250 hand held.

SHUTTER control is now your best friend.

If you have not read the preceding article on APERTURE please do so now.

This rodeo shot freezes the action with a very high SHUTTER setting. The trade off is that the background is out of FOCUS as the lens iris is fully open to allow the maximum available light to make the correct exposure.The FAST photographer chose to sacrifice APERTURE controls so that the maximum possible SHUTTER speed was available to freeze motion.

As mentioned earlier APERTURE and SHUTTER are linked in a 1:1 relationship controlling depth of focus versus motion control. This dynamic relationship can be challenging especially in a low light situation like this one where cloud cover reduces the available light considerably.

DSLR Tip:  TIP: Increasing ISO sensitivity will simulate “more light” but can degrade image quality overall.

Always a balance is required between each F.A.S.T. element–which is why that final “T” in FAST is so important. THINK about your choices FAST because that picture is gone before you know it.

DSLR Tip:  Compact Digital TIP:  SHUTTER tutorial for holiday shooting at night is here and here
Smartphone Tip:  SHUTTER tutorial for holiday shooting at night is here



This image of a wheelchair racer also controls motion though in a very different way.

In this situation the SHUTTER has been set much slower so that the motion is blurred. The photographer compensated for this blurry set-up by panning the camera with the subject.


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