Shutter speed for a sense of movement

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1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 200

Following on from my last post about photos that wouldn’t have been possible using the AUTO setting, here’s another example.  My son was having great fun on a zip wire at the park this afternoon and I wanted to get a feeling of the fast movement in the shot. I used Shutter priority mode (S or Tv on the mode dial) which allowed me to  set my shutter speed to 1/60 of a second: slow enough to get some great motion blur on the background and capture the speed and excitement. In the midday bright conditions we had today, my camera’s AUTO setting would have almost certainly selected a fast shutter speed and the result would have been a sharp image with no motion blur – technically acceptable, but not what I wanted.

If you want to learn more about shutter speed and how you can use it to take beautiful photographs of your children, why not enrol on a Small Beans photo class?