Hand Holding Rule for Shutter Speed

a fun new shot I took recently at an engagement session 🙂

Oops!!  Tuesday’s Tip for this week is a little late.  I spent most of my day photographing a newborn and editing AND celebrating my hubby’s new job.

Well, this weeks tip is regarding shutter speed.  I recently took a lighting class where the photographer totally threw out the hand holding rule.  So the rule is that you should never shoot with shutter speed under 1/60th unless you use a tripod.  If you are simply taking photos without a tripod, you should always try to stay above 1/60th.  I think this is true, but I’ve discovered that at 1/60th sometimes it’s still blurry.  The slightest movement will show blur.

Through my discoveries and experience, motion starts to freeze at 1/250th.  So if you are taking pics of a busy toddler or of sports, your shutter speed should always be above 1/250th. 🙂  If you are taking portraits of someone who is not moving your shutter speed should be well above 1/60th if you want a sharp image.  I would recommend a stop between 1/100 and 1/200.  The photographer who taught the class says that the number one reason people don’t have sharp images is because the shutter speed is too slow.

Try it out!  See if you can see a difference!!  Take a photo with a shutter speed of 1/60th and at 1/200 (or somewhere around there.)  On a side note…if you are using natural light indoors, you may have to bump up your ISO to allow for you to get that high of a shutter speed OR you will need to have a wide aperture.  Lighting indoors right now is still not good on rainy days!

PS. Here’s a good article on getting sharp images….http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/photography-tips-for-sharp-photos/.


One comment on “Hand Holding Rule for Shutter Speed

  1. Ian says:

    Very helpful tip! Thanks!

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