How to find shutter speed on your camera.
To find the shutter speed setting on your camera, read your instruction manual or try one of these methods:
1. While shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second, on most cameras it appears as a whole number. When it’s equal to or longer than one second you should see 1” (the quotation marks identifying a second). If it’s a fraction of a second – such as 1/250th – you should see 250. For example:
- 1” = shutter speed of 1 second.
- 10” = shutter speed of 10 seconds.
- 10 = shutter speed of 1/10th of a second.
- 500 = shutter speed of 1/500th of a second.
2. With most DSLRs, the shutter speed can be seen in the top left corner of the LCD display. If yours doesn’t have a screen, look through the viewfinder and it may appear in the bottom left. When you have neither, it should be on the back screen.
3. Do a manual check by:
- Setting the camera to ‘Aperture Priority’ mode.
- Turning ‘AUTO ISO’ off.
- Moving your camera between dark and light areas.
- Looking for the number that changes (this is your shutter speed).
How to set and change shutter speed.
Many cameras automatically set the shutter speed alongside aperture and ISO. This helps beginners get to grips with different shutter speeds without worrying about the other two aspects. Even professional photographers use the setting for ease when shooting in an environment where light changes quickly.
To change your camera’s shutter speed manually:
- Select ‘Shutter Priority’ mode. On the camera’s dial, this is usually indicated by an ‘S’ or ‘Tv’.
- Scroll through and choose the shutter speed you want.
- If your camera has an LCD display, the speed will normally appear here – or inside the viewfinder on the bottom or the side.
Alternatively, choose manual mode to adjust the aperture, ISO and shutter speed together.
It’s worth taking a few test shots to make sure you’re not introducing or freezing too much motion blur, depending on the effect you’re going for. This should inform whether you need to manually adjust it or not.
What is Shutter Priority?
Shutter Priority mode allows you to set and adjust shutter speed in photography. You’re likely to shoot in Shutter Priority mode in nature photography, when you can freeze a fast-moving animal on the ground or in the sky.