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Speed Kills – Shutter speed

So we’ve looked at ISO and Aperture and now we’ll take a look at the last component of shooting in manual mode.

Shutter speed is probably the simplest of the 3 to grasp. It is simply how fast the lens opens and closes.  Think of it as how fast you blink your eye. It is also measured in numbers. Displayed on your camera as 15, 30, 60, etc.


I want you to get your camera and lets see how the 3 work together.


Let’s start by setting your ISO to 100 or 200. Whatever the lowest is on your camera.

Next let’s set the shutter speed to 1/60 seconds. It is probably displayed as 60 on your camera. (60 is a good guide speed while hand holding with good technique. Find what your limitations are over time.)

Finally lets set the aperture at f5.6.

Take a picture.

Now keep your ISO and shutter speed the same and change your aperture to f16.

Take a picture. See the difference?

Take your aperture back to 5.6 and set your shutter speed to 1/1000.

Now take another picture. See any difference? Great.


The early stages of shooting on manual mode can be frustrating but if you stick with it and continue to practice, I promise you will become a better photographer. But to get there you have to get out there and actually take lots of pictures.


It’s been a lot to take but it should get easier from here on. Please leave comments to let me know what you think. Have a lovely picture-taking weekend. I know I will. I’m having a big fashion shoot on Saturday and I’m really excited!!

Here’s a picture I could never have created without understanding how ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed relate with each other.


Shot at ISO 100, f 9.0 and 1/125. For lighting I used 2 flash heads balanced with the natural light.

The Final Punch

Fight Club - This was a personal project to try out some techniques and just have fun.


To view the other parts in the series click on the links below:

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

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