Beginners Guide To Shutter-Priority Mode

As you might know, most digital cameras use shutter priority shooting mode, thought his does not apply to the cheap auto-only camera models. Let us start by asking; what is “Shutter-Priority” mode on your DSLR camera?

Shutter-priority mode is a feature in DSLR camera where it is used in controlling the shutter speed of the object being photographed. Shutter-priority mode regulates the amount of light reaching the sensor to record a picture by controlling the actual time limit taken by the shutter to remains open. Therefore, if you have a small aperture, the shutter will remain open for a relatively short time. Shutter-priority mode also can affect how sharp or blurry your photo looks, depending on the amount of time it remains open.

Considerations when using shutter priority mode.

To create more impact on the image you are taking a photograph in certain situations, you have to consider the following while using shutter priority mode.

· When trying to freeze motions when taking the photograph, in order to achieve this you need to set the shutters peed higher than the speed of the object you are photographing.

· When trying to make moving objects look blurry in the photograph, to achieve this you need to ensure that you have set the shutter speed slower than the speed of the subject.

· When intending to use a telephoto lens without a tripod or if you have shaky hands, you have to ensure that you set the shutter speed high enough in such a case that you won’t introduce camera shake.

· While intending to shoot a video use a high shutter speed to make the video look jittery. This depends on an individual because it may be desirable or not.

How to use a shutter priority mode

Shutter priority mode is mainly used to ensure that the best image is captured when taking a photograph of a moving object. For instance, if you intend to capture the image of a racing car, but you want to freeze it completely to omit any motion blur. In such a case, you will opt to use a fast shutter speed like 1/3000.On the other hand, if you intend to photograph the car with motion blur to show how fast the car was moving you can opt for a slower shutter speed like 1/300. You should also consider that the depth of the field photographed depends on the speed of the shutter chosen. If you opt for a shutter speed that is fast, the depth of field will be narrow; on the other hand if you choose a slow shutter speed the depth of speed will be wider.

In case you are a newbie, you should know that taking photographs is a skill and requires experience to be best. It will require you to do some practice for you to get around this mode of capturing image photos. Do not be frustrated if your initial shots are not what you would expect them to look like. When you actually master the skill you will have way better control over your shots.

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