James Wilson | FD Photo Studio
Main +1 (323) 454-2323
530 East 8th Street; 5th Floor
Pro Stages +1 (323) 454-1314
224 East 11th Street; 2nd Floor
Art Stages +1 (213) 536-5631
1048 Santee Street; 5th Floor
Hill Stages +1 (213) 536-8030
1808 S Hill St; 2nd Floor
Olympic +1 (323) 968-1089
3316 E Olympic blvd
N.Y. +1 (844) 644-3377
4020 22nd street; 4th floor
N.Y. Astoria +1 (917) 745-0053
3613 36th avenue, 3rd floor
Chicago +1 (312) 291-9092
124 N Campbell Ave
Sign in

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed?

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog
cover photo credit: rynharrisonnatecharrison.com

 
Shutter Speed is the third out of the three cornerstones of photography, the other two being ISO and Aperture. With the shutter speed parameter one can achieve many great effects that might seem magical. Have you ever seen the picture of the freeway where there is no cars seen but just two big rivers of light -white and red – flowing together? Or you’ve probably seen how the drop of water looks in its beautiful geometrical shape before it touches the background, haven’t you? These photos are achievable due to the wizardry of the shutter speed!

Let’s take a closer look at the technical aspects of it and its application.

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog

Captured and taken from Robin Wong’s blog

 CAMERA SHUTTER

A camera shutter is a plate or a curtain that covers the sensor from the light and only opens when the “shutter button” is fired. On the DSLR cameras the shutter is the mirror that switches from bouncing the light to the viewfinder while keeping the sensor in the dark to the open position, revealing the sensor to the light for a certain period of time while temporarily interrupting the view of the viewfinder. The light passing through the lens aperture  is being captured by the sensor with the certain sensitivity called ISO. This chain of reaction is the foundation of the art of capturing the light – the photography.

 

SHUTTER SPEED

 

Shutter speed, also known as “exposure time”, stands for the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. If the shutter speed is fast, lets say over a 1/1000 of a second,  it can help to freeze action completely, as seen with the drop of water before it hits the surface. If the shutter speed is slow, it can create an effect called “motion blur”, where moving objects appear blurred along the direction of the motion. While the example of two rivers of light flowing up and down the freeway is an instance of a very slow or “long” shutter speed (1,2,5,15 seconds), the effect of motion blur is also used very often in ads of cars and motorbikes, where a sense of speed and motion is imitated by intentionally blurring the spinning wheels.

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog

Taken from thenextweb.com

Also the landscape photographers intentionally use slow shutter speeds to create a sense of motion on rivers and waterfalls, while keeping everything else in focus.

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog

Taken from Youtube

 MEASURING SHUTTER SPEED

Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, when they are under a second. For example 1/2 means a half of a second, while 1/150 means one one-hundred-and-fiftieth of a second. Most modern DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can handle shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th of a second and faster. The longest shutter speed on most cameras is typically 30 seconds. There is also a bulb mode where the shutter speed is as big as the period of pressing the shutter button.

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog

Taken from snap snap snap

FAST, SLOW and LONG

Fast shutter speed  does not have a set number. It is what it takes to freeze the action of the subject. For people the 1/250 might be more than enough, for birds 1/1000 is a good number to start with.

Photography 101: What is Shutter Speed? -wrongron, Wrong Ron, understanding shutter speed, Tutorial, tips, Studio Photography, slow shutter speed, shutter speed, shutter, shot at FD Photo Studio, rental stages, Photoshop, Photoshoot, Photography blog, photographer blog, photo gallery, paid photography, motion blur, modeling, Los Angeles, long shutter speed, History of photography, gear, gallery, freeze motion, FD photo studio, fast shutter speed, fashion photographer, exhibits, exhibition, DTLA, blog

Taken from Photography Life

Slow shutter speed is also a relative term. It is what it takes to capture the motion without introducing the blur or a camera shake. Some lenses, however, aid to avoid the shake by having an image stabilization or “vibration reduction” technologies installed within lens.

And long shutter speeds are typically above 1 second, when you have to use a tripod to get acceptably sharp images (for low-light/night photography or to capture movement).

SETTING THE SHUTTER SPEED

Most cameras handle shutter speeds automatically through in-camera metering. When the camera is set to “Auto” mode, both shutter speed and aperture are automatically selected by the camera. When you shoot in “Aperture Priority” mode, you set the lens aperture, while the camera automatically sets the shutter speed.

On the other hand, setting the camera to “Shutter Priority” lets you control the shutter speed while the camera takes care of the aperture.

Also the “Manual” mode is a complete autopilot OFF mode where you get to control and set all parameters manually (duh?).

It is a common practice to leave the camera on “aperture priority” and have the camera control the  shutter speed.

 

 

Take a look at the video below posted by Apalapse that explains the Shutter Speed in a very easy to grasp way!

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Rent Studio

starting from
  • Lights
  • Modifiers
  • C-Stands
  • V-Flats
  • Wi-Fi
  • MUA Station
Los Angeles Any Available Studio

Clients Review

My first time here and had a ball. Great experience. Beautiful view! Perfect natural lighting and had use of equipment. Great ...

READ MORE

Really enjoy using the new studios. Great natural light and the studio is well equipped with everything I would need to shoot f...

READ MORE

Used FD Studios for first time- great experience. I forgot my triggers- no problem, I was able to borrow some. Alex was a cool g...

READ MORE

Used FD multiple times for photo shoots for Volga Verdi clothing line – the results are amazing! Great rates, convenient locatio...

READ MORE

I love FD studio. This place is like a home to me :). I use this studio a lot to shoot portraits, engagements, fashion and artwor...

READ MORE

We did shooting of our products at FDPhotostudio. Reasonable price, great service and convenient location compare to other places...

READ MORE

This was my first experience of working in a professional photo studio. To tell you the truth, I didn’t quite know how to set th...

READ MORE

First time using the studio and I must say the experience was terrific. Alex was great to work with and could not be any nicer. Th...

READ MORE

Toba was fantastic to deal with throughout. From our first call to the point when we had wrapped out - she was great. Thank you...

READ MORE

The lady at the front desk helped me with setting up the light. I had a few questions and was humble in response. Definitely comin...

READ MORE

Great staff, easy to work with and very helpful.

READ MORE

Just great location and very chill!

READ MORE

I actually haven't rented studio space here yet, but I felt like I should write a review based on the customer service I've experi...

READ MORE

I have been using FD Photo Studio for the past 6 months and the experience has been nothing short of excellent. The studios are cl...

READ MORE

Great place!

READ MORE

It's BEST place to implement any ideas for photo and video shooting. The location inspires to create unique work. Thank you guys f...

READ MORE

I had a superb experience with FD Photostudio. I had no problems reserving the studio, confirming it and shooting there! The staff...

READ MORE

Having shot at FD Photo Studio for about 5 times, I can't help but say that this place is a gem in the middle of LA. It is really ...

READ MORE

The best studio in town no doubt, lots of space plus latest equipment, strongly recommend!

READ MORE

Great place! Been there for a few times and will definitely shoot more up there!

Guys who work there are cool and the ...

READ MORE

Update, I posted some snap shots of studio C. Seriously quick snap shots but you get the idea! I would love to keep the studio as...

READ MORE

I shot here a few times and have been happy each time. The staff have been more than helpful and accommodating. Parking is easy...

READ MORE

Shot at FD Photo Studio last week and it was a pleasure shooting there. They have a full bathroom with shower for models, alien...

READ MORE

This is a straight-forward studio, and works great as that. The space is very customizable. I have shot in Studio B, and am ren...

READ MORE

This studio is so dope! Great natural lighting and really cool space. They have good portions where to get ready for hair and m...

READ MORE

Stage A has great natural light and the all white paint makes for nice high key indoor window light shots. Great for quick small-s...

READ MORE

Awesome place and very good rates. Alex is always helpful . That's my first time at the new location and it's just perfect, lar...

READ MORE

I love this place! Such an inspiring and versatile studio! Great atmosphere and amazing people working there! So friendly and h...

READ MORE

I've shot at FD Photo Studio several times. The place is huge with 3 different spacious studios. I've honestly had the best exper...

READ MORE

After seven months of doing nothing I decided to do some review of what I learned in lighting and rented the studio for a while. V...

READ MORE

Great place. the set up, the rooftop access is a wonderful plus and the rates are great.

READ MORE

Everyone was so nice working there. The płace was fantastic and price was amazing. Very happy

READ MORE

Such a great studio to shoot , Studio A is really amazing with large windows to allow in natural sun light, and enough room for...

READ MORE

Love the natural lighting. Great place to shoot. Nice friendly staff.

READ MORE

LOVE this studio! SHOOT HERE!! I ll be in to shoot tomorrow for the 2nd time this week. Grateful!

READ MORE

It was great. Wish we booked more time. Definitely coming back!

READ MORE

Very friendly! Love this studio.

READ MORE

Used the studio multiple times for various projects, mostly for my product photography. They have the mannequins, steamer and a...

READ MORE

Gorgeous space, and another WINNER WINNER headshot session! I really love bringing clients to your space

READ MORE

The staff was great. Super friendly and helpful. The space is also perfect, with plenty of natural light.

READ MORE

Wonderful customer service... Always a pleasure shooting there. No issues except I wish that
someone would be available ...

READ MORE

I shot here for the very first time yesterday. Great location, great light, great studio!!! Everything you need is there. Th...

READ MORE

Toma at FD Photo Studio worked as our photo assitant during our shoot -- she is very knowledgeable and helpful! All facilities ...

READ MORE

You can tell by the lack of space in their schedules that FD Photo Studio is starting to catch on as the go-to hourly rental. Easy...

READ MORE

We recently shot our Fall 15 Product Look Book and could not be happier or more pleased with our overall experience at FD Photo St...

READ MORE

Thanks for a great video shoot. The staff was always there and very helpful. We will be booking FD Studios again soon, THANKS!!

READ MORE

Great studio spaces and value! I chose FD Photo Studios for my shoots on my recent trip to LA from Sydney Australia. Pro Studio I...

READ MORE

This place is amazing! The staff is really helpful and the place is very clean and ready to go when you arrive. For this rate, I w...

READ MORE

Our first experience with FD Studio was pretty amazing. From the helpful, really nice staff to the space itself, for the price is ...

READ MORE

Amazing space, very helpful staff. I will always continue to bring business to this studio.

READ MORE

I am the manager of a rock band in SoCal called Real Fiction. We were in need of a location to film their music video on a tight b...

READ MORE

Love the atmosphere. Great natural lighting...plus the rates are very reasonable. A+++ all around. I will be shooting there again.

READ MORE

Love this awesome studio Art 3! Will be back for more photoshoot for my next season designs for Summer 2017. Thanks FD Studio!

READ MORE

I love shooting at FD. The staff is great and the booking system is seamless and efficient. Great space and great light if you ant...

READ MORE

Anytime I"m visiting LA, FD is always my go to. Great studio space, easy to access and friendly staff.

READ MORE

Great place I just shot at Hill St. Studio 2 today and lots of Natural light plus 3 Alien Bee Strobes. Really clean and super clos...

READ MORE

I love FD studio because of their staff and of course their bright natural lighting. I also love the wooden background for art 1 a...

READ MORE

I love shooting on several of the stages this studio has to offer. The staff all have outstanding personalities and are very helpf...

READ MORE

This was an amazing collaboration with lovely models and great photographers. I worked with this Model creating a look that compli...

READ MORE

This is my go-to studio when I shoot. I absolutely love the gorgeous sets, the lighting equipment is always in great shape and rel...

READ MORE

Awesome place! The location we filmed at worked perfectly. Victor was a blast. Super helpful and friendly. I will definitely book ...

READ MORE

We had a great experience LOVED shooting there!! Staff was fantastic as was the location. Ease of use and exactly what was pictu...

READ MORE

I've used FD Studios Several times & every time I go, I'm always leaving satisfied. Keep up with the amazing stages! I hear you ma...

READ MORE
See All Studio Reviews
No event found!
BBB Accredited rental photo studio - FD Studios SSL Certified Trusted Rental Photo Studio Logo Comodo