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Shutter Speed Explained

It is very important to understand the Exposure Triangle which comprises of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture in order to take good pictures and make the most out of your camera. You will be limiting the potentials of your camera using Auto modes which automatically choose shutter speed, ISO and aperture for you which often returns as a guess. You need to push your camera to it to its limits to take great photographs and in order to achieve this, you need to understand how shutter speed, aperture and ISO works. I will be taking about Shutter Speed for the purpose of this blog post. ISO and Aperture will be discussed subsequently.


Shutter Speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open for to expose light to the sensor of a camera. Shutter speeds is measured in fractions of a second.


The slower the shutter speed, the more light is allowed to hit the camera sensor while fast shutter speeds reduces the amount of hitting the camera sensor and it helps to freeze motion. In a nut shell, slower shutter speed produces brighter pictures and captures the movement of your subject depending on how slow it is. While faster shutter speed produces darker pictures and helps to freeze the movement of your subject.

As a guide, I have prepared a shutter speed cheat card as a guide for practice purposes for beginner Photographers

Watch out for my next blog post as I will be writing about Aperture followed by ISO. After this I'll be writing about how the three work together to create a perfect exposure.

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