Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Deconstructing an image looking at shutter speed, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- I think it's a good idea to break down images…into their component parts so you can describe,…not just what's going on within the frame,…with regards to content and subject matter,…but also, how the technical is affecting…the communication of the image.…This can help you to articulate…when discussing the strength and weaknesses…of a particular photograph.…Take shutter speed; the freezing of movement,…or showing the blur with slower shutter speeds…that will have a big effect on what and how…the photograph communicates.…
In this image of the diver,…you can see what photography does that no other medium does.…It really freezes time.…The human eye can't see this moment,…but a camera with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second…will be able to freeze it…so that we can study it and look at it.…But of course, with shutter speeds,…the moment becomes particularly important.…You know, the human eye again cannot see…the beautiful grace of the dancer in mid-air like this,…because, again, it's a fraction of a second,…but the fast shutter speed can capture it for us to see.…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary