Project: Photographing Movement

Exercise: Shutter Speeds

With a camera mounted on a tripod, photograph movement at a fixed focus point and different shutter speeds (fast to slow).  Find the image where the slowest shutter speed still freezes motion.  

1. f/22 ISO 100 1/10″ 50mm

2. f/19 ISO 100 1/15″ 50mm

3. f/16 ISO 100 1/20″ 50mm

4. f/13 ISO 100 1/30″ 50mm

5. f/11 ISO 100 1/45″ 50mm

6. f/10 ISO 100 1/60″ 50mm

7. f/11 ISO 100 1/90″ 50mm

8. f/8 ISO 100 1/125″ 50mm

9. f/6.7 ISO 100 1/180″ 50mm

10. f/6.7 ISO 100 1/250″ 50mm

11. f/5.6 ISO 100 1/350″ 50mm

12. f/4 ISO 100 1/500″ 50mm

13. f/3.5 ISO 100 1/750″ 50mm


14. f/2.5 ISO 100 1/1000″ 50mm

Exercise Learning

Apparently frame 13. is the slowest shutter speed where movement is sharply frozen.

This exercise has shown very clearly that movement can be expressed many ways; from very blurred to only just blurred.  Also, whilst focused on the same point the shutter speed needs to be quite fast to sharply define no movement at all.

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