How to Master the Shutter Priority Mode

Mastering Shutter Priority Mode

There are a number of things that contribute to making an image in the camera. These factors include but are not limited to the amount of light entering the camera, the sensitivity of the sensor, the availability of light and the speed the camera can use to capture the image. While there are many other factors that play their role in making an image, these four are the most important ones. One of the most important of these is the shutter speed.

If you are a beginner in photography and are not much knowledgeable about the shutter speed, here is a guide to help you out.

How to Master the Shutter Priority Mode

Shutter Speed – Why is it so Important?

The quality and amount of light you have when taking pictures play a major role in determining the image quality. Available light is the amount of light that is bounced off your subject when you are taking a photograph. ISO is the term that indicates how sensitive the camera sensor is. Thus, you are able to see more with less amount of light when you use a higher amount of ISO. The size of the lens opening and the aperture control the amount of light that enters the camera when you are taking photos. These three things combine together to determine the shutter speed. Shutter speed is the speed of the camera that allows it to capture the image within the available amount of light.

Shutter Speed – Some Fast Facts

Here are some quick facts about the shutter speed and its relationship with other factors.

  • The shutter speed will be low if there is not enough light available. This is because the camera takes longer to capture the image in low light.
  • The shutter speed can be increased by increasing the ISO amount of the camera. On the other hand, the shutter will slow down if the ISO level is lowered.
  • The shutter also speeds up with an increase in the aperture size. This is because it lets more light in the camera and vice versa.

The shutter speed can be easily controlled if we learn the above-mentioned basic principles.

Light and Shutter Speed

You will be able to shoot at a faster shutter speed when you have bright external light available. This is because it lets you click the image quickly in a short period of time. On the other hand, when the external light is low, you need to work with a lower shutter speed to allow the light to strike the image while you are capturing it.

How to Master the Shutter Priority Mode

Fast Moving Objects

If you are capturing the image of a fast moving object, choosing a faster shutter speed is important. If you don’t choose a fast shutter speed for fast moving objects, they are going to appear blurry. Use the shutter priority mode to set a fast shutter speed when shooting a fast-moving object. This allows you to capture a sharp photo.

Shutter priority mode is not a mystery. It is an easy to use feature that can have a great impact on how your photos turn out. With these basic things in mind, as mentioned above, you will not only be able to master the art of using shutter priority mode but will also be able to take some breathtaking photos of your subjects. Practice is the key here. Thus, keep practicing using a mix and match of features on your camera and you will be able to learn what works best under what circumstances.

About the Author

Edin Chavez
Travel junkie, animal lover, troublemaker, daydreamer and a bit obsessed with my camera. Addicted to documentaries, coffee, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
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