DSLR Basics Day 2 - Expanding on shutter speed



A week to improve your digital photography: Day 2 Expanding on shutter speed

You will need: 
Ideally a tripod or otherwise a stable surface like a chair, table, layer up books to balance the lens if it causes the body of the camera to topple over.

Think of every waterfall picture you’ve ever seen on flickr or in camera magazines. This is one of the most overplayed shots imaginable...




Okay, so from yesterday we know that low light equals slow shutter, lots of light fast shutter.

For this bit you may need a tripod or a flat surface like a chair. I tend to use chairs with books piled on as a last resort but they work equally as well.

If you have a waterfall available and the light conditions are low, get out there! With your camera mounted on the tripod set yourself up, have a look through the view finder and see how low you can get the shutter speed value by adjusting the aperture. Ideally you want the exposure to be between -1 and +1 as a range. 

Now, with your lens set to manual focus on the subject and click, you’ll hear the shutter open and slowly close perhaps a second later.To combat any potential disturbance from clicking to shoot, switch to self timer. 

If you’re not in the direct proximity of perhaps a waterfall, get creative, other slow shutter images can include:
-sparklers and torches: low light (or even night time) conditions, focus on a subject holding a torch or sparkler, adjust the aperture until you find a low shutter speed, click, and have your subject move the torch or sparkler around.
-a bridge over a busy road:
-misty mornings: a slow shutter speed will capture soft velvety light.










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