Shuttering Through Speed

Shuttering Through Speed

Life, Frame by Frame's bi-weekly blog, this week TLM Productions Tonya Moken talks about shutter speed and how it effects your pictures.

Life, Frame by Frame’s bi-weekly blog, this week TLM Productions Tonya Moken talks about shutter speed and how it effects your pictures.

One of my favorite sound when taking pictures is the ch-ch, but have you ever wondered what the little “ch-ch” sound is? It’s the shutter opening and closing, capturing that winning goal, that special moment, or what you are eating for lunch on “film.” Ok so most of us are not using film anymore, but our camera cards act like our film today. Why is shutter speed important and what is shutter speed mean?

I’m glad you asked, shutter speed is the amount of time your shutter is open. Let’s make this a little more relatable, think of your eye. When your eye is open, its like the shutter, capturing and recording everything happening in front of you. The only difference is you are creating a memory playing the whole scene like a video, the camera is capturing everything into one snapshot or freeze frame image, that will help you remember the memory at a later time.

Life, Frame by Frame's bi-weekly blog, this week TLM Productions Tonya Moken talks about shutter speed and how it effects your pictures.

So, now that we have a better understanding of what the shutter does, why is it important to our picture? The shutter’s speed will either give you a frozen in time look or movement in your picture, depending on how fast or slow it is. A faster shutter speed is the fastest speed you can have that will freeze the action. We see this many times in sport photography, freezing that moment of scoring a goal or diving into a pool. A slower shutter speed will give you movement, like we see in car and motorcycle pictures. The blurred lines while the subject is in focus, makes us think they are going fast. A slower speed also allows you to shoot at night.

Life, Frame by Frame's bi-weekly blog, this week TLM Productions Tonya Moken talks about shutter speed and how it effects your pictures.

How do you know the speed in which your shutter will fire? If you are looking through your viewfinder, it will be along the bottom showing something like 1/500, meaning the camera’s sensor sees light for 1/500th of a second, if you are using a slower shutter speed you will see 1” meaning 1 second. As you are shooting you also want to be thinking about your triangle settings focusing on the aperture setting, since shutter speed and aperture play with each other while capturing that special amazing moment.

As always I’d love to see what you capture with your new found knowledge. Post your pictures in the comments below or on my Facebook or tag us on Instagram. Happy shooting.

 

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!

Loving the Haze

Loving the Haze

 

Reading Tree was taken while recording May's video blog about how to put a haze around the edge of a picture.

When taking a picture or video many times we are looking for the best lighting and angle, but what about the little creative aspect? As a photographer and videographer I like to find little things that will change my piece and perspective on my subject. Often times for a little different look in pictures its fun to shoot with the fog and mist to get a hazy look, but what happens when there is none on the morning of you shoot or your shoot is later in the day? I learned this cool little trick from PetaPixel, a few years back and have loved to use it when called for since.

The supplies you will need in order to get the hazy look on the edges of your pictures.

 

This little trick is super easy to do, and you probably already have everything you need. All you will need is a sandwich bag, a marker (optional), and your camera. Once you have your supplies it’s time to start start. Take your sandwich bag push a hole through the bottom of the bag. This will create a stretched out bottom with a hole, you may have to stretch the bag out a little more so it will fit around your camera’s lens a little better. Now it’s time to place the bag over the lens, you will want to pull the bag back enough that your subject is not covered by the bag’s edges (the hazy look). Once you have the bag placed how you want it, it’s time to focus on the subject and shoot. To give a little color to the haze you simply color the edges you have stretched and pulled with any color marker you would like.

Reading Tree was taken while recording May's video blog about how to put a haze around the edge of a picture.

 

You can use this cool little trick for any subject. Make sure your camera is in manual focus this way auto focus doesn’t refocus on to the bag by mistake. Don’t panic, if you are not sure how to use the Exposure Triangle settings (ISO, aperture, and shutter speed) yet, you can leave your camera body in auto and just have the lens in manual focus.

 

 

 

As always I’d love to see the pictures and videos that you do with this little trick, be sure to share in the comments below or on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

 

Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a photography and video business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!