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Shutter priority mode, allows you to choose the shutter speed, and the camera figures out everything else. So, if you wanted to, for example freeze action, or deliberately blur the action, that's what shutter speed is used for. So we're going to do a couple different shots here. First off I'm going to freeze the action of our model here Jackie, who's going to be shaking her hair back and forth now. We're going to use a high shutter speed to freeze the hair in midair. In the second shot, we're going to do with a slower shutter speed, is I'm going to have Jackie run across this plaza here. And I'm going to follow her with the camera, tracking her, so that she's relatively sharp, but the background gets nicely motion blurred.

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Photography 101
2h 9m Beginner Mar 21, 2012

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Today's cameras put an amazing amount of power in the hands of amateur photographers, but it's not always easy to make use of it. All those buttons, dials, and settings can be pretty intimidating. In this workshop, expert photographer Joseph Linaschke helps you understand what's going on inside your camera, explaining fundamentals like what an aperture is and how shutter speed works. Learn basics such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera's flash. There's also creative instruction to guide you towards becoming a better photographer. As you become more comfortable with your gear, you'll find that many new creative possibilities open up for you and the quality of your photography improves.

Topics include:
  • Carry and hold that DSLR like a pro
  • Stabilizing the camera: from hands to water glasses to tripods
  • Using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • What the buttons do
  • Manually controlling your autofocus
  • Working with flash
  • Thinking creatively
  • Buying new gear
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Photography Cameras + Gear Photography Foundations video2brain
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Joseph Linaschke

Changing shutter speed

Shutter priority mode, allows you to choose the shutter speed, and the camera figures out everything else. So, if you wanted to, for example freeze action, or deliberately blur the action, that's what shutter speed is used for. So we're going to do a couple different shots here. First off I'm going to freeze the action of our model here Jackie, who's going to be shaking her hair back and forth now. We're going to use a high shutter speed to freeze the hair in midair. In the second shot, we're going to do with a slower shutter speed, is I'm going to have Jackie run across this plaza here. And I'm going to follow her with the camera, tracking her, so that she's relatively sharp, but the background gets nicely motion blurred.

So let's start off with the high shutter speed. I'm going to go ahead and set this to about five hundredth of a second and let's see what we can get I'm going to get down nice and low, and go for it Jackie (audio playing) All right, let's see what we got here. Now, as you can see here, we have successfully frozen her hair through a series of shots. And this is really cool. We can really see that hair frozen, and it's just a really, really nice effect. Right now, let's go the other direction. I'm going to take the shutter speed down to about a fiftieth of a second.

And this time she's going to run across the plaza and I'm going to follow her while she runs. Go ahead on over there. Go ahead. (audio playing) So now as you can see what we have are some pretty cool shots of her running clearly there's motion in the picture. We see background blurring by. So it's not like she's just completely frozen in mid air. It can be a really nice effect. This is also great if you're shooting something like a race car. If you shoot a race car at a really high shutter speed and completely freeze the action.

You know what it looks like? A car in a parking lot, and that's usually not pretty cool. So what we want instead is to see that motion. Choose a slower shutter speed, and you'll have to experiment to find the one that works for the shot you're getting. Pan along with the action, and shot at a high burst rate like I just did here, and you're going to get some really cool shots.

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