Tutorial:The Benefits of Slow Shutter Speeds


 

  

Whereas fast shutter speeds freeze action, slow shutter speeds can imply motion and can transform the image into one that is impressionistic.  The shutter speed selected depends on the effect desired and degree of movement.  You can achieve interesting effects at settings of 1/60 to several seconds or even longer.  Adding a stationary object to the scene can provide a point of reference.  Use the playback setting on your camera to judge the results at various shutter speeds.  Experiment.  A Hoodman Hood Loupe place over your camera’s LCD will block extraneous light so you can better see the image and histogram.  (Check out my new schedule of workshops & tours on my web site www.ospreyphoto.com)