Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Camera settings for freezing or blurring motion, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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As you know, there are three components to exposure:…one is aperture, one is ISO, and one is shutter speed.…Before we talked about aperture and how it affects your depth of field, today…we're going to talk about your shutter speed and how that affects your motion…in your photograph.…We have a helper here, Margo, who is going to help us with a series of…photographs at different shutter speeds, to see exactly when we can stop the action.…The first one we're going to do is that 1/2000th of a second.…
That should stop just about anything.…The aperture will be probably around 2.8 to 4, and I'm working at an ISO of 100,…because it's such a beautiful day here.…So, let's see what happens here.…Okay Margo!…Yup, just as I expected.…The motion is completely frozen.…I think we will try it again at 1/250th of a second.…
I am still going to be in the shutter priority mode, in automatic.…Okay Margo! …Oh yeah, now I am starting to see a little bit of motion in the photograph,…just barely a little bit in her hands and her feet in some of these.…
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.