Our Favorite Shutter Speed Cheat Sheet

Our Favorite Shutter Speed Cheat Sheet

Our Favorite Shutter Speed Cheat Sheet

 

If the shutter speed is a concept that gets confused, it pays to know if you seriously want to improve your shots. Simply, the shutter speed is only one way to measure how long the shutter will open the camera when taking pictures. For most, this is measured in seconds (or more specifically fractions of a second). When you see the fraction itself, if you increase the denominator, this means that the shutter speed is faster.

For most images I take, this speed is set to 1 / 60th if not faster than that. Slower and your shots are likely to be blurry. In fact, one of the best ways to prevent blurry images is to slightly increase the shutter speed to allow for unavoidable hand movement. If the shot is always slower than the standard 1 / 60th, you should probably work with a tripod.

For most cameras, the available shutter speed settings usually appear in approximately double increments. So you will see setting options like 1/15 and 1/30, and 1/60, 1/125, and so on. If you handle a camera that offers long, long shutter speeds, you are likely to use it if you work in an extremely weak position or if you try to capture a ton of movement in one shot.

More generally, higher shutter speeds are what you use when you want to freeze the movement in your shot. However, the specific rate depends on the specific pattern you want to capture and the speed of the current topic. To save some time, we have created a simple cheat sheet that you can have on hand and refer, if you do not always know:

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