Photography school lesson 4: Shutter speed

  • Shutter speed is the length of time the shutter is open
  • The shorter the shutter is open the less light gets in.
  • The longer the shutter is open the more light gets in
  • This is referred to as fast and slow shutter speeds.
  • Shutter speed can vary from a fast shutter speed of 1/4000s (four-thousandths of a second) down to a slow shutter speed of 30 seconds (shows as 30” on your camera)
  • Some cameras also have a ‘bulb’ setting, which allows the shutter to be open for as long as your finger is held on the button taking the picture. This can be up to hours and hours if you wish.