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Ask David: When do I use different shutter speeds?

Ask David: When do I use different shutter speeds?

Your camera is an amazing creative tool. That’s not really intuitive to a lot of beginners, because cameras are so good at recording reality. But the fact is that you can use your camera to manipulate reality just as you can use it to recreate reality and the simplest creative tool your camera has is shutter speed. Shutter speed works in two directions–you can either slow it down or speed it up. Use a slow shutter speed to emphasize movement. Use a faster shutter speed to freeze movement. So how do you decide when to choose a slow shutter speed, and when to choose a faster one?
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Extended Exposure Photography

Extended Exposure Photography

Intermediate Extended exposure photography is special, it is unlike many forms of photography that have little required planning or special gear. There are no snapshots in extended exposure photography. It takes careful planning in order to take a photograph of this type that is more than just a blurry mess. The fun is found in the meticulous study of light and the experimental tinkering required to do it well. Here is the gear you need and some tips to make your forays into extended exposure photography successful.
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How Shutter Speed Affects Your Photos

How Shutter Speed Affects Your Photos

Now that you’ve got a pretty good handle on your camera’s scene modes, you’re also starting to develop an understanding of the basic principles of photography – the ones that are going to take you from the land of snapshots to the land of technical excellence. You’ve already seen these principles in action, now it’s just time to define them and look at how you can fine tune them to create the images you want.
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Five Surprising Uses for your Camera’s Self-Timer

Five Surprising Uses for your Camera’s Self-Timer

Most modern cameras have a self-timer feature. You might know this feature best as that setting that allows you to actually be in the photo as well as your subjects. This is particularly great for photogra-moms and/or photogra-dads. You know, the person in your family who is always behind the camera and never in the photo. The person who, as a result, is so absent from the family album that viewers wonder if she or he actually comes along on any of those family outings.

Self timers are great for those family photographers because they allow the person behind the camera to get in front of the camera. But did you know self-timers have other uses too?
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When To Use A Cable Release and Remote Shutter Release

When To Use A Cable Release and Remote Shutter Release

One of the least expensive tools in your photography tool box can also be the handiest. Ranked high up there on my list is the cable release or remote shutter release. Professional photographers know that to take the best photos with the least amount of camera shake involved, a tripod mount and a cable release or remote shutter release are must haves. That combination takes the movement of your body out of the equation when you’re shooting photos. Today, I’ll break down the difference before diving into how they’re best used and why one might be better than the other in certain situations.
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Daytime Long Exposure Photography

Daytime Long Exposure Photography

As a general rule, most of the pictures you take during the day are shot with a short exposure. And why not? There’s plenty of light during the day, and a long exposure might create unwanted motion blur and maybe even put you at risk for that dreaded camera shake. With the right equipment, though, daytime long exposure photography can be a fun and interesting way to get some really unique and surreal-looking shots of otherwise ordinary scenes. But capturing a good photo with a long exposure can be tricky even at night time, so it’s worth understanding some of the secrets behind this very versatile technique.
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What Shutter Priority Mode Can Teach You About Your Camera

What Shutter Priority Mode Can Teach You About Your Camera

Learning how to use the more advanced features of your camera is a challenge for anyone new to photography. Sometimes you wish there were some way to boil it all down to some easy-to-understand model. I always tell new photographers that if they want to learn more about their camera, they should learn about shutter priority mode first. Here’s why.
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Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Why You Can’t Use An Exact Shutter Speed of 1/346 sec

Have you ever wanted your pictures just a little bit brighter or darker than what your camera gives you? Sure, you can always go into Photoshop Elements and adjust it after the fact, but shouldn’t the camera allow you to do it as you’re taking the photo? Why can’t you just pick an exact shutter speed, aperture, or ISO speed and use that to control the brightness? Allow me to explain.
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Shutter Speeds You’ll Use Every Day

Shutter Speeds You’ll Use Every Day

Still having trouble figuring out shutter speed? Some images simply require a certain shutter speed in order to be possible at all. Shutter speed doesn’t just control the amount of light that gets into your camera, it is also used to freeze motion, create silky smooth waterfalls, or blend light trails. If you’ve always wondered which shutter speeds to use with certain types of images, look no further. This tutorial is for you.
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What Is Bulb Mode? Where Is It Used?

What Is Bulb Mode? Where Is It Used?

Your camera is so full of settings that it often takes years for most amateur photographers to figure them all out. One of those is bulb mode. It’s hidden deep within the recesses of your camera’s shutter speed settings, and it can help you take some amazing pictures of the stars at night. In this short tutorial, we’ll have a look at bulb mode, what it is, and what it’s used for.
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Your Camera’s Settings: Shutter Priority Mode

Your Camera’s Settings: Shutter Priority Mode

Your camera has many automatic modes to make your life as a photographer a little easier. Each of these automatic modes was designed to isolate one or two of the many variables and settings you’ll encounter while taking pictures. Today, we’re going to look at Shutter Priority Mode, an automatic mode that isolates the shutter speed setting. You’ll learn how to use this mode to take anything from action sequences to unbelievably smooth images of flowing waterfalls. I’ll show you the secret to getting the most out of your camera’s shutter priority mode.
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When To Press The Shutter Button – Trust Your Impulse

When To Press The Shutter Button – Trust Your Impulse

So much of good photography is timing. If you can press the shutter at the critical moment, right when your subject is at the peak of emotional expression, you’ll get the shot. But if you think too much about what you want, you’ll end up a second too early or too late. To get where you want to be as a photographer, you need to learn how to relax and trust your instincts. Try out some of these techniques the next time you’re taking pictures of friends and family.
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Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

Nothing could be more fundamental to photography than shutter speed. It determines so much of every picture we take. We can use it to freeze fast motion or to make rushing water blend together and create a beautiful backdrop for a waterfall. Shutter speed controls how bright or dark our photos appear, allowing us to capture the neon lights at night and the glowing sun moving just past the horizon. It is all of these things and more. That’s why understanding shutter speed is absolutely essential for anyone learning photography.
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Fixing Blur Caused By Slow Shutter Speed

Fixing Blur Caused By Slow Shutter Speed

I have some rather active nephews and when I try to take a snap of them indoors I usually end up with some blurry body parts in my photos. But why does this happen and how can it be fixed?
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Solving Shutter Lag!

It’s always very frustrating! You have a great shot lined up, and press the shutter button. But your camera takes an extra second to think about the photo before it opens the shutter. By the time the photo is actually taken, your prefect shot has vanished!
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