…:what we do at APictureLife in a nutshell:…

—-> shutter <—–

did you play with your aperture yesterday?

i hope so. otherwise you are still going to suck. ha.

next up


your shutter is what you are hearing from your camera when you take a photo.

you’ll find the shutter speed at the top of the camera next to your aperture (see the photo from yesterday’s blog)

the boring part is that your camera records shutter speeds in fractions of a second- since that is how quickly it opens and shuts.

it is the shutter that opens and closes for each photo

the quickness of your shutter opening and closing will depend on what you set your shutter speed to.

does that make sense?

the shutter is how long an image will be exposed to the camera.

a quick shutter would be somewhere around 4000 a slow shutter would be somewhere around 30.

the higher the number the faster the shutter.

the biggest thing that helped me learn about my shutter was listening to my shutter.

if i heard a long or slow sound when i was holding my camera then i knew for ME my shutter was too slow and therefore i needed to make it faster in order to keep my picture from being blurry.

it’s pretty simple, right?

let me give you a refresher before you get overwhelmed and quit reading- assuming you haven’t quit reading already

1. your ISO is treated like your film (remember when you would buy a roll of film and it would say 400 or 800 on it?) that is what your ISO is being set to

set your ISO low ( 100-400) when you are in bright places and bring it up higher when it is darker (800-2500)

2. your APERTURE determines the depth of field as well as and most importantly the amount of light that is let into your camera

the lower the number the more light that is allowed in

3. your SHUTTER determines how long the camera will be “open” and exposed to the subject

**in most cases i can not hold my camera when my shutter is below a 30th of second- i have terribly shakey hands so every photo turns out blurry.

try keeping your shutter around 500 and see how that works out for ya!

now get out there and put it all together!

start with something easy: a plant, tree, car, etc

*set your ISO

ask yourself (is it really bright outside? is my object in the shade? is it very dark?)

*set your APERTURE

determine if you would like the WHOLE object in focus or just the tip of the leaf/mirror of the car/etc

*then set your shutter

is your object moving?


2 responses

  1. Mindi Cicero

    Thanks for these posts, love them!

    April 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

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