# Question: How Do You Use Shutter Speed?

## What shutter speed should I use?

In general, the guideline is that the minimum handheld shutter speed is the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens.

So, if you’re using a 100mm lens (and remember to account for crop factor) then the slowest shutter speed you should try and use is 1/100th of a second.

For a 40mm lens, it’s 1/40th of a second..

## What is fast shutter speed used for?

A fast shutter speed lets in less light and gives the effect of freezing an object in motion. Fast shutter speeds (such as 1/2000th of a second) are especially useful in bright light or when trying to capture photos of things that are moving fast, such as athletes and wildlife.

## What is the best shutter speed for outdoor photography?

You might need to pick a shutter speed of around 1/160th, which is fast enough so that you won’t get any motion blur, but slow enough to allow a good amount of light in for exposure. Shooting the night sky requires a slow shutter speed that is fast enough to avoid star trails. Photo by: ‘Sean Ensch’.

## What does the shutter speed on a camera do?

Shutter speed is a measurement of the time the shutter is open, shown in seconds or fractions of a second: 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s … 1/250 s, 1/ 500 s, etc. … In other words, the faster the shutter speed the easier it is to photograph the subject without blur and “freeze” motion and the smaller the effects of camera shake.

## What is the 500 rule?

Here’s the 500 Rule: 500 Divided By the Focal Length of Your Lens = The Longest Exposure (in Seconds) Before Stars Start to “Trail” For example; let’s say you’re taking a shot with a 24mm lens on a full frame camera. 500 / 24 = 21 seconds, which you can round to 20 seconds.

## What should ISO be at night?

Since you’re using a tripod, It’s safe to keep your ISO low. Instead of bumping up the ISO, use slower shutter speeds and wider apertures, instead. ISO 100 may be impractical for night photography, but ISO 400, 800, or even ISO 1600 should be enough in most situations.

## What is an example of a fast shutter speed?

Wind Surfer – 1/2000 sec (action photography) It’s a very fast shutter speed. When you’re photographing sports and action, faster shutter speeds are better because then you can freeze the action. You can see he’s frozen in the air, the wave at the background is frozen. Even the water droplets are frozen.

## How do you take high shutter speed photos?

While clicking the picture on high shutter speed, you need to adjust aperture on small number (large opening) and/or higher ISO value. High shutter speed is usually used for freezing the motion. If you wish to click the picture on high shutter speed, it’s better to click on Shutter Priority mode with auto ISO.

## What is a good shutter speed for portraits?

around 1/200 of a secondShutter Speed Most professional photographers shoot portraits at a shutter speed of around 1/200 of a second. This is not because of camera shake, generally, but because this is the maximum synch speed of most flash units employed in studio portrait shoots.

## What is the best shutter speed for night photography?

30 to 60 secondsShutter Speed – 30 to 60 seconds. As it’s dark, a longer shutter speed will give enough time to let a lot of light to enter the camera. If you find your photography coming out too dark, increase the time, if your photos are coming out too light, decrease the time.