Shutter Speed Experiments

This lesson explores controlling shutter speed – and the use of that control for making creative images.
Here is a shutter speed tutorial. It also includes sample images that provide some good ideas – like a pool table shot. Note especially the sample water flow image at the upper right; it’s actually a series of images that illustrate the effect of shutter speed with moving water. Try the water movement experiment –

Aperture Priority will give the easiest good results. Start with your lens wide open and progressively close it down one stop at a time. The three waterfalls at the HH entrance or the one across HH Drive at the gazebo pond make good subjects for this. Your results will vary by time of day (brightness of the ambient light). If it’s too bright, you may have difficulty getting a shutter speed that’s slow enough to demonstrate “cotton candy” water.

2s, f/22, 18mm, ISO 200, EV -2/3

Here is a 2nd article. It also includes ideas (and sample images) that you may want to try.
Here is a 4+ minute video that describes several different slow shutter speed experiments that you can try. Note that in order to do these, you need to set your camera to its manual shooting mode (except for the last item, moving water, which I discussed above).
Also, go back to the first post of our shutter speed lesson. Take a look at the sample images. Do you know how to achieve a  similar result? If not, reread the first tutorial at the top of today’s lesson where you must have missed the “how-to” for the 1st two images (bike & bus) in the paragraph “Creative Utility in Photography“. Give it a try. We’ll discuss the technique for the third image in a later post.
After you experiment with the ideas found in the above references, upload samples of your results together with a brief explanation of what you did.
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A suggestion – some members have mentioned wanting to get together to compare notes, etc. Why not use this site (or email) to arrange informal gatherings? For example, get together in the clubhouse to try something like the “pool table” image mentioned above. Or – get together some evening when a room is available to try light painting (described in the video). Both of these experiments would benefit from having more than one person present. I’ll leave the organizing up to the members – just thought that I’d mention it.

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