Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed

Moments That Matter: lesson 2: topic 3: movement

Seems like each lesson I’m being stretched more and more. Now I’m seeing lots of practice is needed.
As you can see with these ones of the children on the trampoline, took about 80 pics and still not entirely happy. Heads cut, limbs cut etc
What was happening as I sped up the shutter speed and got rid of the blur the background darkened on some. I think it must be to do with the aperture, I couldn’t change it much on the shutter setting.
(and remember when I was on aperture setting I couldn’t change shutter speed much)
still I did improve towards the end.
also took dozens of the children practising tap dancing inside. Haven’t included these as they are all terrible. I took them on shutter, changed the iso but either too dark or lighting was too fake.
would I be best taking indoor ones on aperture setting? even though they were moving?

Much thanks

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By Erin
Erin, married to my Prince Charming, mum of 10, wannabe photographer. Living on a property on the North Coast of NSW.


  1. Hi Erin, your problems with the exposure are most likely due to where the camera was taking it’s exposure reading from. If it takes a reading from a bright area it will likely under expose the image. You certainly picked a really hard challenge for this one – catching kids on a trampoline and getting the focus and exposure right while capturing the action (and not cutting off bits) is REALLY hard. So all in all you did a really good job.
    And to answer your question – NO you should stick to Shutter Priority to capture moving subjects. You’d lose all control of your Shutter speed if you switched to Aperture Priority. Keep practicing. I promise it will get easier 🙂

  2. You’re quite right, it was harder than I realised, I discarded about 40.
    Originally I had planned on them riding their scooters on the verandah but then thought the background could be distracting.
    and then the sun kept peaking in and out, depending which way I angled as to how overcast.

    I’m currently working on histograms though and finding that is helping way more with getting a feel for the light and it’s effect.
    finding I’m getting pickier and pickier about my photos, giggle

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