Using shutter speed priority – part 2

Creative Photography with a seasoning of Mindfulness.

Using shutter speed priority – part 2

Manipulating time

In the first part using priority mode you learned a bit about what shutter speed is and one example of when to use it, to stop camera movement.
Let’s continue to examine this creative mode.

So when do you want to manipulate time?

  • stopping movement of the object.
  • showing the movement of the object.
  • letting people disappear.
  • painting with light.

Painting with light

Photography means literally painting and light. In every image you capture you are dealing with light on objects.
Shadow isn’t always the opposite of light, but another form of light; low light.

The term painting with light used here is about a different technique for making interesting pictures.
We’ll get around to this later, but maybe you’ve seen images of a city where the headlights and taillights of the cars are nothing but lines on the street.

Perhaps you’ve even some some of the modern light painting images where basically someone is dressed in black swinging a light source around, making a figure 8.
What you see on the photo is then a green 8 apparently hanging in the air. As I said, we’ll get to this art form, but for now you can search for such images yourself.

Geese in flight.

Letting people disappear.

You get a once in a lifetime chance to visit the St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and want a perfect image to take with home, but there are always hundreds of people milling around trying to take the perfect image to take home with them. What’s a photographer to do?

Get there early, very early, because you’re going to use a very slow shutter speed. Perhaps as long as 5 seconds.
Why so early? The longer the shutter speed, the brighter the image, and very early there are less people walking through your image.

Imagine a lone bicycle rider driving by between you and your object of desire. Depending on the composition it might take him 5 seconds to drive through. Your shutter speed is set to 5 seconds so he shouldn’t show up on the image at all.

Theory and practice

Making people disappear and painting with light are both theory for me, things I’ve studied in books but never tried. That’s why I will be back with a detailed explanation after I get out and do it myself.

If you try it first, submit your pictures and write an article for us!

Stopping vs. Showing the movement of an object.

Carousel 1

It may not look like it, but the carousel is actually turning here. Using a fast shutter speed, you can freeze frame time.

Carousel 2

Now the shutter is set a little slower. The movement is depicted.

Carousel 3

Here we have the slowest shutter speed, for my taste a bit too slow.

Waterfalls, streams, rivers and fountains.
This is the domain of slow shutter speeds such as the 3rd carousel image. Also, some amazing images have been made of stairs trailing across the heavens.

There may or may not be a part 3 to this, but taking control of shutter speed TV and aperture AV will come up again and again in future articles.
By the way, the geese above were captured at 1/1600 second, using two other techniques I will talk about later on.

So now, you guessed it, get out in the fresh air and play with TV mode.

Comments, questions and critic always welcome.


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