Shutter speed, the amount of time that the shutter is left open when taking a photo, is a crucial key to good photography and composition. Stop-action shutter speeds (1/500" and faster) help to freeze time in full-focus, typically used for sports photography, animal photography, occasionally portraits, and practically all action photos. Mid-range shutter speeds (Between 1/4" and 1/400") allow for blurred backgrounds, subject panning, and little hints of movement within a photo. Long-exposure shutter speeds (1" and slower) are often used for capturing the movement of water or creative portraits. With long exposure, you can create a translucent effect with your subject, focus on certain points in the photo, and use light to highlight only the parts of the photo that you want to show. Before taking a photo, always take into account the shutter speed and how you can use it to contribute to the end result that you're looking for.
- First photo: 1/2000" (Stop-Action)
- Second photo: 1/4" (Mid-Range)
- Third photo: 30" (Long Exposure)