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Arriving at the best exposure for a photo is part science and part art. In Foundations of Photography: Exposure, Ben Long helps photographers expand their artistic options by giving them a deep understanding of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and all other critical exposure practices. This course covers the basic exposure controls provided by all digital SLR cameras, as well as most advanced point-and-shoot models. Learn how to master a camera's metering modes, how to use exposure compensation and bracketing, and much more. By the end of the course, you'll know how to develop an "exposure strategy" that will allow you to effectively employ your exposure knowledge in any shooting situation.
Now, it's time to take all of this shutter speed stuff that you have seen and go out in the world and give it a try. So, you are going to want to put your camera in shutter priority mode and go find some moving objects. You want to freeze them. You want to blur them. Remember, longer shutter speeds mean blurrier objects; faster shutter speeds means frozen motion. When you are working with longer shutter speeds, you are probably going to need a tripod, or you are going to have to work really hard to steady your camera. One of the trickiest things might be just finding some moving subject matter. Working with water is a good thing. Obviously, if you live near like Indianapolis 500 kind of racetrack sort of thing, that's a great spot to go.
Otherwise maybe try city parks where dogs might be running, people are bicycling, roller skaters, bowling alleys, anywhere you can think of that you might get movement. However, you don't just want to use this bit of your photographic vocabulary for big, dramatic movement; also look for small things: People walking down the street. Sometimes it's interesting just to take a simple moment, a simple kind of everyday moment and experiment with the blur of the turn of someone's head, things like that. So this is not just a sports or very active sort of part of your vocabulary, it's something you can use for even more mundane situations.
So get out and give it a try.
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