If you want to gain greater control of your images and get sharp photos regardless of the lighting conditions or what you’re photographing, at some point you’re going to have to venture into manual or shutter speed priority mode.
So what exactly is shutter speed and how does it affect your photos?
Every camera has a physical shutter that opens and closes when a picture is taken in order to expose the sensor to the light that’s coming through the lens. So the shutter speed or exposure time controls how long this shutter stays open for and how much light will reach the sensor.
Together with aperture and ISO, shutter speed is also one of the three elements of exposure, so understanding how it affects your photos will help you take your photography to the next level. With this in mind, here are a few important things you should know about shutter speed.