Back to Basics
My beginner workshop is called "Getting Off Auto" and it is all about the basics. While I feel I have developed rapidly in my photographic journey I always try to reflect on the basics. This has helped me because the basics are so relevant at every level. Photography is a process, while our craft is creative, we must follow a technical process in order to achieve the best results. With this in mind I thought I would start with the most critical element of photography, exposure. In particular the relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO. So let's kick off this edition the first element of the exposure triangle, shutter.
To explain shutter is simple, it is all about the length of time the sensor is exposed to light, right? It would be great if it were that simple but we know that shutter speed does a little more than that. It is also a creative element for the scene and if set incorrectly can ruin an entire shoot. If it's too slow, your hand held portrait shoot will be left looking a little shaky and blury, however if it is to fast there is a risk of underexposing the shot or simply creating a lifeless landscape without movement. It can be tricky to know exactly which setting is best, let's break it into 2 categories hand held and long exposure.