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Chapter 8 - Mastering speed in photography

Photography is an art that allows us to freeze precious moments and capture fleeting moments. One of the keys to getting great shots is mastering photography speed. Shutter speed, also known as shutter speed, is an essential parameter that determines how long your camera's sensor is exposed to light. In this article, we'll explore the different effects you can achieve by playing with shutter speed, depending on what you're looking for. Freeze the action: When you want to capture a moving subject sharply, using a fast shutter speed is key. For example, during a sports game or race, a high shutter speed like 1/1000th of a second or faster will freeze the action and get sharp, detailed images. Be sure to select shutter priority mode on your camera or manually adjust the shutter speed for best results.

manadiers sur leurs chevaux camarguais dans les marais de Camargue
Manadiers dans les marais - Atrayoux photography

Trailing Effect: Trailing is a creative technique that involves capturing a moving subject while keeping the main subject sharp while creating motion blur in the background. To achieve this effect, use a slower shutter speed, usually around 1/30th of a second or slower. Follow the movement of the subject with your camera and release the shutter. This will give you a sharp subject with a blurred background, giving the impression of speed and movement. Soft focus effect: If you want to create soft focus effects or give the impression of movement in your image, you can use an even slower shutter speed. This can be useful when photographing waterways, fireworks, or night scenes. Experiment with shutter speeds around 1/4th of a second or slower to achieve interesting and creative blur effects. Use of a tripod is recommended to avoid unwanted blur due to camera shake.

une jument et son poulain qui galopent avec un filet de mouvement en noir et blanc
Course jument poulain - filé - Atrayoux photography

Light painting: Another creative use of shutter speed is painting with light photography. In this technique, you can use a very slow shutter speed, usually several seconds, to capture the movement of a light source in the image. You can use a flashlight, colored LED light, or even sparkles to create unique and artistic light trails. Experiment with different light sources, movements and exposure times to achieve unique results. Mastering speed in photography is key to achieving creative and captivating images. By understanding the effects you can achieve by adjusting shutter speed, you'll be able to capture perfect moments, freeze action, create motion effects, and explore your creativity. Feel free to experiment with different speed settings and let your artistic vision guide you to create unique and memorable photographs. To your camera and see you soon for new techniques...

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