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The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs by David duChemin

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Lesson 7. Use a Slower Shutter Speed

From the beginning of our photography education we are taught to freeze motion. The fastest shutter speeds get all the glory. I think, in part, it’s our weird addiction to perfect sharpness in all areas of the image. But the sense of motion created by a slower shutter speed can bring energy and life to a photograph. The longer I photograph, the more comfortable I become at the slower end of the shutter dial. I’ve already got nearly 30 years of usually sharp photographs under my belt. I’m no longer asking, “Are they sharp?” I’m asking, “Are they alive?”

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