- by Thomas "TJ" Gillespie
What does the S stand for on my camera / camera dial?
S stands for shutter, as in shutter speed, and setting your camera to S places your camera in shutter priority.
What is shutter speed in photography?
Shutter speed is a measurement of time expressed in seconds and determines how long the shutter will be open during a single photograph.
1/250 represents one-two-hundredths of a second, 1/8 represents one-eighth of a second and 4 would be four seconds.
What does shutter speed do?
Shutter speed controls how long light will be exposed to the camera’s sensor and will determine if your photo is properly exposed, underexposed or overexposed.
What is shutter priority?
Shutter priority is a setting that tells your camera to keep the shutter speed set at a fixed speed (duration of time) regardless of how much or how little light you are photographing in. Only the aperture, and on some cameras, ISO will change in the camera’s effort to properly expose the photograph.
Why would I photograph or take photos in shutter priority mode?
There are a many answers as to why you would take pictures in shutter priority. In the photography class we will answer that question by photographing action. Fast shutter speeds stop action whereas slow shutter speeds can give a sense of movement to the photo. We will also explore how slow / long a shutter speed should be before a tripod should be considered.
Purchasing a spot in my group photography class at my online store will automatically get you reserved on the date you selected during your purchase. You will receive subsequent emails from me regarding your specific class.
All students can retake scheduled group sessions for free, unlimited, for 1-year after first instruction. Only limitation is that class sizes never exceed 10 and classes are first come, first serve.
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- Great starter book
- Medium sized travel book. Beginner - Intermediate
- Capturing the Eye, Fall Colors and Unreal Blur (PDF)
- Portraits, Flowers and Silhouettes (PDF)
- Unusual Point of View, Glowing Light, Stopping Action and Showing Action (PDF)
- Ultimate Field Guide to Photography (PDF)