How To Pick Your Shutter Speed
Defined at its most basic level, the “shutter speed” refers to the amount of time the camera’s shutter is open. Think of it as the length of time that your image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you’re attempting to capture. Easy enough, no? You’ll see numbers displayed on your DSLR on the manual turn dial that looks something this:
- 1/1000, etc.
(In the Moment Pro Camera App, you’ll notice the numbers range from 1/4 to 1/50,000)
These numbers are measured in seconds — well, in a majority of cases, fractions of seconds. The larger the denominator, the fast the shutter. Likewise — the lower the denominator, the slower the shutter is to take a picture to allow in necessary light in for low-light images. When you’re using shutter speed of anything lower than 1/60, you’ll most likely need a tripod to reduce the lack of blur in your photo. Though, if you’re using a device with some sort of camera stabilizer (like the iPhone!) then a tripod isn’t totally necessary.