- When shooting portraits, even adults, try to keep the shutter speed under 125...that's 1/125th of a second. That should prevent even the slight blur of someone moving a hand slightly while they pose.
- When shooting wandering kids, speed it up even more. If there is enough light I might set my shutter speed to 1/250th of a second. If there isn't enough light, bump the ISO higher to 400 or 800.
- Soccer mom or dad? I used to think 250 was good enough when I was outside at my son's soccer games, but I heard a professional sports photog speak once and she shoots at a minimum of 500, sometimes up to 1000. So I cranked the speed to 500 and I was AMAZED at how much better my action shots were.
- I shoot a lot of concerts, which are really tough because they are very low light, you can't use flash, and the musicians tend to move A LOT. This is where you really test the limits of your camera with high ISO, because if you don't you can't shoot at a minimum of 125.
- Wanna freeze moving water, like in a fountain? That's a shutter speed of at least 500, sometimes even 1000. Check out the dolphin show I shot below.
|Outdoor kid candids. ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/250 sec|
|No blurry concerts! ISO 3200, f/1.8, 1/200th sec|
|Freeze! Stopping action, ISO 400, f/5.3, 1/1000th sec|
I really hope this helps you out at least a little to get better shots!
As always, all photos are Copyright 2010 Sarah Hubbell, Enlightened Photography, All Rights Reserved. Seriously, that means do NOT steal them.