Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera

From: The Practicing Photographer

Video: Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera

>> So my friend Zach here does a lot of flash photography, and he's interested in Because one shutter starts to open, and the other starts to close right behind it.

Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera

>> So my friend Zach here does a lot of flash photography, and he's interested in getting a new camera, and I wanted to show him something, so I dragged him out here to the railroad tracks so we could have a conversation, as one does. So, Zach, you, you know how a shutter works in a normal SLR. >> Yeah, most shutters in normal SLRs are vertical shutters, and they're actually two curtain shutters, so one shutter will fall, and then the other one will fall right after and then that'll expose your image and have the light hit the chip >> Okay. Very good, yeah and, and film cameras worked the same way. Often, they went horizontally. But it was still a, a first curtain and a second curtain.

What I have here is a Fuji X100S. I really like this camera because it's an, it's an APS size chip. It's got a fixed 35mm equivalent lens. Really good in low light. I really like it for street shooting because it, it doesn't make any noise when you shoot with it. It's a, it's a really nice, surreptitious little camera. But what's interesting about it is it has a leaf shutter, so rather than two curtains, it's got a series of interlocking blades that opens and closes. And given your predilection for flash, what's cool about this is unlike an SLR, with this camera, I can have flash sync at any shutter speed.

So, with your SLR, you can't shoot flash with a shutter speed faster probably than a 200th of a second. Because one shutter starts to open, and the other starts to close right behind it. And so, as you said earlier, ideally you want the whole sensor exposed. And. >> Absolutely. >> Normally it's not. With a leaf shutter, the full sensor is always exposed during any exposure. So, what that lets me do, is use really fast shutter speeds when I'm shooting with flash. This camera actually has a little built-in flash that does a really good job. What I'm going to do now is show you something that I can do with that ability of having a faster shutter speed.

So, I'm going to take a quick shot of you. >> Okay. >> I'm dialing my exposure compensation down to minus two. I want shallowed up the field of you so I'm open up to 2 8 and that meters with a shutter speed of a thousandth of a second, which normally, at a thousandth of a second, I wouldn't be able to shoot flash on an SLR. But with this camera, it's no problem. And so, when I take the shot, I get this cool effect where the background is really dim, but you're illuminated by the flash. >> That's beautiful.

Yeah. >> So that's something that I can't normally do with an SLR. Now, I can, if I've got a flash that has a special high speed sync mode. And we've actually done a practicing photographer about this where we show how you can use special flashes and high speed sync to get this effect with your SLR. But you've got it just. >> It's there. >> Just walking around, yeah. So, this is a good thing for you to consider. There are a couple of caveats. One weird thing about a leaf shutter is it's also the iris of the camera. And so, that creates some problems if you want to do what I'm doing here, which is shoot really wide open with a fast shutter speed.

Because if your aperture is open this wide and you wanted to close really fast. Sometimes it can't do that, so this camera actually has two stops in neutral, density filter built into it that you can turn on. >> That's fantastic. >> To, to get your shutter speed down. Yeah, so it's in different considerations, but overall >> Yeah. >> it's a really nice alternative if, if you're into, into flash shooting. So that's the Fuji X100S. It's a leaf shutter, it's not the only camera in the world that has leaf shutters, a lot of them do. And if you're looking at old cameras, or medium format cameras or things, and you see that term. That's what it's referring to.

And so again, if you're wanting a lot of flexibility with flash and shutter speed. Going for a camera with a leaf shutter might be a good way to go. And that looks good on you. >> Thanks man.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for The Practicing Photographer
The Practicing Photographer

75 video lessons · 46291 viewers

Ben Long
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 6m 25s
    1. Getting your project out into the world
      6m 25s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 7h 16m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
    66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
    67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
      3m 28s
    68. Photography practice through mimicry
      8m 8s
    69. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
      5m 59s
    70. Posing and shooting pairs of people
      5m 35s
    71. Shooting with a shape in mind
      3m 15s
    72. Shooting tethered to a laptop
      4m 40s
    73. Softboxes vs. umbrellas
      2m 55s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed The Practicing Photographer.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.