Stop Right There!

When you are photographing subjects that are moving fast, the most important setting on your camera is the shutter speed. Choose a fast-enough shutter speed and you will freeze your subject, showing little to no motion blur. Choose a slow-enough shutter speed and you can showcase the motion of your subject by adding motion blur. Understanding the relationship between shutter speed and movement is key when it comes to mastering the concept of motion in photography.

As we discussed in Chapter 2, shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second, so any number you see in your viewfinder or on the LCD is actually a fraction; for example, a shutter speed of 320 is actually 1/320 of a second. There is no single shutter speed setting ...

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