Master Your Shutter Speed



9 Questions

What is shutter speed?

What is the relationship between exposure time and the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor?

What is the purpose of adjusting the shutter speed when changing the aperture?

What is the slowest possible shutter speed for a handheld camera?

What is shutter priority?

What is the effect of slower shutter speeds on moving objects in a still photograph?

What is the effect of excessively fast shutter speeds on moving subjects?

What is zoom burst?

What is the purpose of the agreed standards for shutter speeds?


Shutter speed is the length of time the film or digital sensor inside a camera is exposed to light when taking a photograph.

The amount of light reaching the film or image sensor is proportional to the exposure time.

Multiple combinations of shutter speed and f-number can give the same exposure value (E.V.).

The shutter speed changes the way movement appears in photographs. Short exposure times are sometimes called "fast", and long exposure times "slow".

Adjustments to the aperture need to be compensated by changes of the shutter speed to keep the same (right) exposure.

The agreed standards for shutter speeds are 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, and 1/8000.

The ability of the photographer to take images without noticeable blurring by camera movement is an important parameter in the choice of the slowest possible shutter speed for a handheld camera.

Shutter priority refers to a shooting mode used in cameras. It allows the photographer to choose a shutter speed setting and allow the camera to decide the correct aperture.

Slower shutter speeds are often selected to suggest the movement of an object in a still photograph.

Excessively fast shutter speeds can cause a moving subject to appear unnaturally frozen.

When a slower shutter speed is selected, a longer time passes from the moment the shutter opens till the moment it closes.

Zoom burst is a technique that entails the variation of the focal length of a zoom lens during a longer exposure.


Test your knowledge of shutter speed with this quiz! From understanding the basics of exposure time to the effects of different shutter speeds on movement and blur, this quiz will challenge your understanding of this important aspect of photography. See if you can identify the correct shutter speed settings for different situations and learn about techniques like zoom burst. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned photographer, this quiz is a great way to test your skills and improve your understanding of shutter speed.

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