Best modes for a beginner
When the camera is set to Shutter Priority ( Tv, S, Sv ) you control the shutter speed and the camera will automaticaly select the Aperture for proper exposure.
TIP: The suggested safe shutter speed for hand held shooting is 1/60 at 50mm focal length when you change lens focal length the general suggested guideline is to simply place a 1 over the focal length.
Example: 250mm lens – safe Handheld minimum shutter speed is 1/250
Note: To freeze action like an ocean wave, water splash etc. your shutter speed should be 1/500 or above.
Q: In certain lighting situations I cannot get a high enough shutter speed to safely hand hold the camera, what can I do to raise the shutter speed?
A: When shooting in shutter priority you can raise the shutter speed by Increasing ↑ ISO from say ISO100 to ISO800
Q: Doesn’t increasing ISO effect the image quality?
A: In Short yes, as ISO increases so does digital image noise. With todays post processing software much if not all the noise can be reduced or eliminated. The trade-off, using post processing software to remove noise will make the image soft.
TIP: Do test shots with your camera and determine what the highest ISO acceptable is and make a mental note of that ISO setting. I will go into more detail about ISO in seperate post.
The ultimate remedy for low shutter speed is to use a nearby stable surface or tripod and use self timer or a remote trigger.
In my next post I will talk about Aperture Priority
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