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The Photo Ladies: Shutter Speed Challenge!


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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday!  If you’ve been keeping up with our varying posts, you may remember that the last day of the month is not only one month closer to Christmas {hehe} but the due date for my photography challenge assignment!  Missed that post?  {NO PROBLEM}… check out Introducing… The Photo Ladies!  Not only do we have a nice little intro, but you can follow the links to catch up on the first challenge… Aperture!

If you just want the quick version, I am participating in a bi-monthly challenge group to learn the ins-and-outs of my DSLR camera settings by joining the Crafty Wife and her wonderful group in following the study lessons of No Bad Foto.

Once you have that under wraps, let’s move on to today’s post… The Photo Ladies: Shutter Speed Challenge!

The Photo Ladies - a monthly photography challenge

So what is Shutter Speed?  If you remember, it’s one of the three main components to the exposure of your photo (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO).  Shutter Speed, more specifically, controls how movement is captured.  Using a slower shutter speed allows you to show objects in motion with a slight blur to the image.  A faster shutter speed causes a “freeze frame” effect with your subject in sharp focus.  Both have their benefits, obviously.

Here is an example of two shutter speeds:

DSLR shutter speed photography challenge by My Paper Craze

When you look at the photo on the left, can you see where the movement of the water is represented by a slight blurring?  Then look at the right-side, the water appears to be at a stand-still. Can you also see the differences in the lightness of the image?  A slower shutter speed also allows more light because the shutter is open for a longer period of time.  Here is a closer image:

DSLR shutter speed photography challenge by My Paper Craze

In the close-up, you can actually see a few drops of water that appear to be suspended in motion.  Let’s look at one more…

DSLR shutter speed photography challenge by My Paper Craze
Overall, the subject of Shutter Speed isn’t nearly as complicated as I expected.  Can you think of some situations where you would need a slower shutter speed?  What about a faster shutter speed?

Are you starting to see the full triangle-effect of the three components of your photo exposure?  In dark environments, how will your shutter speed effect your photo?  Just some thoughts to ponder when choosing your future camera settings.

This topic was especially useful for me with the beginning of baseball season… bring on the fast action sports photos!  They won’t elude me this year now that I am a master of the shutter speed!  Bring ’em on!



Introducing… The Photo Ladies!


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Hello there and welcome back!  We sure appreciate you taking the time to check out our organized chaos week after week.  We hope to continue to bring you quality posts on topics that you, our {AMAZING} reader, enjoy reading about.  Today, we want to talk to you about photography and introduce you to a new group we are partaking in… The Photo Ladies!

I came across this group through one of my Silhouette groups and jumped right on it!  Before I get into the specifics, let me give a shout out to the Crafty Wife for hosting such an amazing group to help us photo newbies!

So what are the Photo Ladies?  Well, it’s a photo group dedicated to learning for beginning and intermediate DSLR owners.  I recently jumped into the world of DSLR cameras a few weeks ago and then screeched to a halt when I realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  When this group surfaced on my radar, I knew it was perfect for what I needed.  It’s not a boring tutorial on the in’s-and-out’s of photography, but rather a learn-as-you-go.

If this sounds like anything you are interested in, I strongly recommend that you check out the great information the Crafty Wife has put together:

The Photo Ladies Intro

Photography Challenge #1: Aperture

So each month we have an assignment to help us learn how to use our beautiful cameras.  The assignments are due on the 15th of each month, so be sure to check back each month to see our progress — and maybe learn a little something yourself!  Now I know what you are thinking… “Geez Becky, this is already the 21st of March”.  Yeah, I know… I’m a little late.  I say better late than never, so I’m proceeding with the assignment to catch me up to date.

Our assignment this month was learning {APERTURE}.  Jump on over to the Crafty Wife‘s post for the full rundown on what we learned and what the assignment entailed.

Learning Aperture: Assignment 1.1


So why do I have random photos of baby shoes on my blog today?  These are my assignment photos!  As you can see, I used varying aperture settings to determine the field of depth for my photos.  As you can also see, the first photo is way over exposed when using my lowest f-stop.  Why?  Because I can’t read directions, evidently.

So what did I really learn?  This is what Aperture Priority Mode is for {LOL}.  Aperture Priority Mode allows the photographer to manually adjust the f-stop while the camera adjusts the shutter speed.  So looking at my white-out photo, you can see that I chose a low f-stop (1.8) and did not adjust my shutter speed to limit the amount of light, resulting in the over exposure.

So skipping over my boo-boo, compare photos two and three.  Although I still wasn’t using the Aperture Priority Mode, you can still see the differences in the depth of field when photographing the same image on different f-stop settings.  And {TADA}… blurry backgrounds!  Aren’t they beautiful?  I love, love, love my blurry backgrounds.

So now that I’m done being a slacker and have posted my assignment, I realize that I need to go back and re-learn using the aperture settings on my camera.  But, since I managed to figure out the blunder to my white-out, I thought I should post it to help anyone else who might have overlooked the same issue.  Afterall, we’re all learning together, right?