The Camera’s Shutter Speeds
When and why should you change your shutter speeds?
By taking your camera off auto and playing with its shutter speeds, you can have a lot of fun and get some great results to boot!
There are some times when you need fast speeds such as with sports or action photography. However, there are other times that you can slow things down a little and get some very nice results indeed.
Probably the most used settings for a DSLR used outside are 125th/sec at F8 or 250th/sec at F8. This is the average reading for a normal day at ISO 100. The speed of 125th is ok for most subjects but for faster moving objects you will have a certain amount of blur. Try 250th. F8 will ensure that whatever you focus on will be sharp enough unless using a very long telephoto lens such as the 2000mm.
When you are able to perfect the use of shutter speeds, you will be able to take more unique photos. Images that you will want to show off to the world. Here is a quick list of shutter speeds starting from slowest upwards, what they can be used for and the probable result:
Sample shutter speeds and effects
Shutter speed examples
I have given some examples below, of shots with shutter speeds ranging from 2 minutes to 1000th/sec. Don’t be afraid to really experiment as if you are "digital" it won’t cost you a penny extra!