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The Elements of Photography, 2nd Edition by Angela Faris Belt

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IMAGE © ANGELA FARIS BELT, Bark Beetle Trails, North Carolina, 2008.

SHUTTER SPEEDS: TIME AND MOTION

TIME HAS NO MEANING IN ITSELF UNLESS WE CHOOSE TO GIVE IT SIGNIFICANCE. —LEO BUSCAGLIA

PART 1: SHUTTER SPEEDS, THE THIRD PHOTOGRAPHIC ELEMENT

We’ve covered framing (the first element beginning with the camera’s viewfinder, continuing to print borders, and extending into multiple frames) and apertures (which control the intensity of exposure to light and are tied to quality of focus). Now we’ll move into another important element of photographic language affecting exposure as well as visual quality and meaning—shutter speeds.

Since the first ...

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