Why Use Shutter Priority

September 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I have been having a great learning experience creating this blog and videos for my YouTube channel.  Like some of my recent blogs, I blogging with the same topic for the video this week.  So, be sure to check it out as well.  You can find it here:  Why Use Shutter Priority

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On with the topic at hand.


Why Use Shutter Priority

Shutter priority is a good mode to use when you want to control the shutter speed for different effects.  I have mentioned in the past that our eyes are so much more powerful than the most expensive camera.  But with that limitation on the cameras, we get some effects that can provide interesting results.  For the beginner photographer, I would like to focus on some of the easier concepts and that is to stop motion or capture more light.  These are probably the two easiest concepts for us.  So in the five photos, I share I am either stopping motion, allowing a little bit of motion to smooth part of the photo, or using a longer exposure to let colors pop more or to let lights move through the scene.

To give you some perspective or idea on what shutter speeds to use here are some examples:

  • For fast-moving children, start around 1/500th of a second
  • For portraits, you can go as low as 1/30th of a second
  • For sunsets and fireworks, I like to start at 5 seconds
  • For light trails or light painting anywhere from 5 seconds to several minutes
    • But take some practice shots in shorter intervals first to make sure you are getting what want.

Of these photos, only the first one was on shutter priority, but the others were shot in manual with using the shutter as my priority to get the effect I was after.

1/1000 Sec  F5.6   ISO 100

3.2 Sec    F11  ISO 100


5 sec   F14    ISO 100


5 sec    F8.0    ISO 200

Light TrailsLight Trails

5 sec    F14    ISO 100



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