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Digital Photo Assignments by Steve Anchell

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Assignment 2Shutter Speed

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

—Elliott Erwitt

Purpose: To Provide a Visual Understanding of How to Use Shutter Speed to Either Freeze or Blur Action.

If possible, perform these exercises out-of-doors in open shade. If you live in a rainy area, such as the Pacific Northwest, and cannot go out-of-doors from September until August, see if you can perform these inside a well-lit gymnasium at your school.

  • Use a normal to moderate telephoto focal length lens (50mm to 135mm with a full-frame sensor).
  • Set your Shooting Mode to Shutter Priority (S), or Time value (Tv) for Canon.

Shutter Speed

  1. Focus on a friend’s hands from about three feet away. Have them spin or ...

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