Playing with shutter speed is so fun. I’ve always thought of aperture as my favorite setting to play with for how it impacts depth of field and gives the appearance of selective focus, but ever since I joined the teaching team for Mastering Manual Exposure my appreciation for shutter speed has grown. Nearly 100% of the time, I’d just be sure to have my shutter speed fast enough to avoid any movement blur in my images. I’d always want to make sure my aperture was ‘just’ fast enough and would put my other settings first. I still pretty much always do that, but every once in awhile it is a fun challenge just to take photos for the soul purpose of freezing fast, big, crazy movement. Little boys give so many opportunities for this!
The goal for me is to look for opportunities that are so action packed that they happen so fast that without that fast shutter speed we can’t even SEE all that is going on. We can’t see the expression, the hair suspended, the dog’s jowls flapping with just our eyes … these opportunities let me shoot in a way that allows the viewer to see the action in a way that they couldn’t see on their own.
85mm … 2.5 … ISO 1000 … 1/16000
I mean … really. They just crack me up like no other. Those expressions! I’ve seen them jump like this a dozen times, but never knew the goofiness that is their expressions.
I could have figured, but yes, that tongue comes out even when he jumps!
And just because I liked this one, too. Even when my subject is sitting still, I just keep my shutter speed up fast because then I don’t have to adjust it when they get up!
With these kiddos, and this dog, fast shutter speeds are my good, good friend. And seeing these types of images really makes my boys laugh and enjoy photography. It’s a win win!
Thanks for visiting! If you have any questions about using a fast shutter speed, let me know! ♥