Photography Fundamentals – Shutter Speed

Fast Shutter Speed

What’s shutter speed all about?

Well, there are three fundamental components of any camera that work together when we set up and take a photo. These are the photosensitive medium (film or sensor), the aperture (the opening where light enters the camera), and the shutter.

The shutter physically sits  in between the aperture and the photosensitive medium. You can think of it as a small light-proof window or door that opens to let light through when we take a photo.

The term “shutter speed” doesn’t refer to the speed at which the shutter opens or closes, but rather, the length of time it stays open to let light through. Generally speaking, we adjust our shutter speed to compensate for different lighting conditions, but when adjusted thoughtfully and with purpose it can also be used to create interesting artistic effects.

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