One of the most interesting things about photography is that there are practically limitless ways to explore it. Changing just one setting on your camera or using a different type of lens allows you to present the same object, scene, or person, into many novel ways. One of the most highly utilized (and enjoyed) creative tools at your disposal is your camera’s shutter speed.
The shutter speed is a key component in every photograph. How long your camera’s shutter remains open dictates how dark or light your photo is, how sharp or blurred it is, and how still or in motion your subject is among other things. By playing with the shutter speed, you can capture a wide range of unique, fun, and visually interesting — even intriguing or confusing — photographs.
Here are 5 ways to have fun with shutter speeds!
Freeze the moment
Have you ever had one of those picture-perfect moments? That hilarious once-in-a lifetime thing that just happened too fast? These are the moments that can be perfectly captured by combining super fast shutter speeds with lightning-quick reflexes.
Water droplets, moving animals, and sports are just some of the popular subjects to experiment this trick on.Stopping motion with your camera takes a lot of practice. It’s all about knowing your equipment well, factoring in shutter lag or any other delays, and watching closely for the right moment to get the perfect shot. When you’re just starting out with shutter speed experimentation, consider setting your camera to time-value priority or shutter priority so you don’t have to worry about ISO, aperture, and other settings.
Create art with lights
Painting with lights is a very popular technique in photography because light and slow shutter speeds generally create visually appealing photos. Light trails from car headlights and tail lights create a different take on your typical nighttime cityscape.
Slow shutter speeds on lighted Ferris wheels or roller coasters create gorgeous globes or circles of light. Perfectly timed fireworks photos make for incredibly pretty pictures. As usual, it will take a bit of experimenting before you get the hang of it, but the payoff will definitely be worth it.
When you use slower shutter speeds to create blur, you can turn lots of plain surfaces or repetitive lines and shapes into amazing abstract art. Try going to an art fair or art museum (those that allow picture-taking of course) and use slow shutter speeds to blur the artworks there.
You might be able to create a completely fresh and amazing representation of an existing art form using this trick.
Zoom in or zoom out
Zooming in or zooming out on something is a great way to evoke emotion and create drama. Try using a slow shutter speed on a mundane object like a chair or a statue and slowly move away or towards the subject. The resulting image will potentially be a lot more interesting than if you just took a photo of the image at face value.
While some objects or scenarios are more interesting when frozen in time, others are more engaging when they convey motion. One of the most popular subjects for conveying motion in photographs are waterfalls.Night sky photos where stars appear to be moving and sports photos that isolate the athlete from the background are also good ideas for practice. Again, don’t expect to master this technique from the get-go. As with all photography skills, it takes time, practice, and patience to get this.
The shutter speed is one of the most interesting and easy-to-understand aspects of photography. Fast freezes motion; slow let’s movement show. Take some time to master each of the tricks above and you’ll have a whole new set of beautiful imagery to plump up your portfolio.
Author Bio :-
George Finlayson is an educator and professional writer with a BA in Creative Writing. He was born in London, England but currently resides in Shanghai, China.With so many technical details in digital photography, George likes to keep things simple so that everyone can understand and feel a part of the ever-growing global photography community.