Friday, June 1, 2012

photo tip : freezing the moment

Blurry pictures are no fun.

In the images below, my goal was to freeze the splashes from the water. I wanted my images to show how much Blee was having fun doing his favorite thing – without any motion blur.

The only way avoid motion blur is to have a fast shutter speed. The photos above were taken at 1/1600th of a second. Now that’s pretty fast.
For any photo, it is recommended that you set your shutter speed to 1/60th of a second at the very least. Anything lower will make your images blur due to the slight shake from your hands when holding the camera.
Also, super fast shutter speed will only work if you have a lot of light (unless you have a crazy camera with crazy lens). This is because the faster the shutter speed, the less time it has to take in the light. I found that fast shutter speeds work best outdoors with tons of natural light.
Ok, enough with the technical junk. The easy peasy way is to set your DSLR to the shutter speed priority mode. For a Canon, it’s “Tv” and for a Nikon, it’s “mode S”. Now, start from about 1/600th of a second and go back and forth depending on the outcome of the image. By setting the camera to shutter speed priority mode, the ISO and aperture will automatically set themselves to create an image with the correct exposure.
Fast shutter speed is also key when photographing games (soccer, basketball, etc) and toddlers who refuse to stay still.
Happy shooting!

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