What Is the Best Shutter Speed to Show Motion in Photography?

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If you're trying to show motion in photography, you're going to want to pay very close attention to your shutter speed. Find out about the best shutter speed to show motion in photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I want to talk to you about the best shutter speed to use to show motion in photography. Now I tend to use anything between a 50 and 120 for the shutter speed. Anything below a 50 you're going to risk the entire image being blurry and that is not what you want. What you want is to have a nice sharp image but wherever there is movement, you want that to still be a blur to accentuate the movement. Now opposite of shooting under a 50, shooting anything over a 120 you may actually posterize the person and it will kind of show them more frozen in time rather than show that motion blur which you also want to avoid that if you want to see motion in your photography. So when I think about shooting and showing motion in my action photography I would say shoot anywhere between a 50 and 120 on the shutter speed. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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