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Advanced Shooter – How to Pick the Right Shutter Speed Every Time (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett A 30-second exposure turns wind-blown grasses into painterly brush strokes. Rocky Harbour, NF Settings: ƒ22@30 sec., ISO 50

©Darwin Wiggett
A 30-second exposure turns wind-blown grasses into painterly brush strokes. Rocky Harbour, NF
Settings: ƒ22@30 sec., ISO 50

Most photographers rarely think about shutter speed as a creative camera control for adding story to images. Indeed, it’s rare that photographers even pay attention to shutter speed unless they’re purposely photographing action or trying to prevent handheld camera shake. But shutter speed choice, just like aperture choice, can really affect the feel, look and story of an image even where movement is not obvious. Creative photographers always make informed choices about shutter speed (or aperture) to translate their creative vision to the viewer.

As a creative photographer myself, whenever I look at a scene or subject the first question I ask myself is …

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