What Is Shutter Priority Mode?


What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter speed is one of the three supports of photography, the other two being Aperture and ISO. If capturing drama is your idea of photography, then working on shutter speed is something you should focus on. Do not get bogged down by the technicalities of photography every time – focus on exploring your creative side. Just learn the basics of three exposure elements and you are good to go!

In layman’s language, shutter speed defines how quickly or slowly your shutter will open and close again. It defines the time frame for this activity. Faster shutter speed is open for a short period of time; slow shutter speed is open for a longer time. It is normally measured in fraction of a second. 1/1000th of a second is faster than 1/30th of a second. Larger the denominator, faster the speed and vice versa.

Shooting in Shutter Priority Mode

Shutter priority mode is usually marked with ‘S’ or ‘TV’ on the mode dial.

Shutter Mode Cheat Sheet

Playing around with your camera is the best way to learn its features. Shutter Priority is one such mode. Remember that having a slow shutter speed will require your camera to stay steady for the time the shutter is open. If the camera shakes even a bit during that time, you will have a blurred image. A slight movement can ruin the image’s sharpness. Long shutter speeds, typically above 1 second, should be used with a tripod.

In this mode, the user has freedom to choose the shutter speed. Aperture and ISO are taken care of automatically. The brightness of a picture is determined with the help of a shutter speed. Where the camera sensor gathers a lot of light, the resulting picture will be quite bright. A quicker shutter speed will gather less light, thus making an image comparatively darker. Another aspect of shutter priority mode is to capture motion. We all want to capture those precious candid moments. You have the best mode possible, at your rescue to frame these impeccable memories.

Motion blurring is an excellent way to portray the movement and speed of an object. Slow shutter speed can give you perfect images with a tripod or any kind of image stabilization. If you want to photograph a racing car but want to completely freeze it so that there is no motion blur, choosing a fast shutter speed is a feasible option. If you want to show the intensity of speed with which the car is moving, choose a slow shutter speed. Your camera will adjust the aperture settings based on the shutter speed you choose. A fast shutter speed will have a narrow Depth of Field, slow shutter speed will have a wider Depth of Field.

For a budding photographer, getting an appropriate picture gets really difficult with settings like these. But, once you get the knack of it – you are all set to explore the creative and imaginary side of yourself!

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