Photography Tutorials: Using Shutter Priority

Photography Tutorials: Using Shutter Priority
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Did I mention that my littlest brother and his darling girlfriend of 3 years were nominated for their high school’s Homecoming King and Queen {and that he WON!}? Oh no? That was probably because I was too busy being a fanatic, big sister and photographing every single event associated with Homecoming. But that wasn’t as easy as you might think, and real life photography tutorials were born because of my mistakes.

Real Life Photography Tutorials

Alina and I gathered in a high school gymnasium to watch Alina’s Guncle and “Niella” be presented as members of the 2011/2012 Homecoming Court. Lemme tell ya, its been a long time since I’ve been to a high school pep rally and they are just as crazy as I remember them to be!

I immediately set out to find the perfect location for my photos. Being indoors, the light situation was not fabulous. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great. And with all the fast moving action, I knew going manual was not realistic. I haven’t shot in automatic since forever, and although I hate the lack of creative control, I thought maybe this would be the opportunity to do so. Here is my AUTO test shot…

photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority

I shot this image and immediately thought “are you kidding me?!”. Sure the lighting was good, but the camera choose a shutter speed of 1/60 instead of opening up the aperture or increasing the ISO, resulting in this blurred mess of an image. For the following 1/60th of a second, I totally freaked out. Was I really going to miss my baby brother’s shining moment? Heck no!

I began to think through the photography equation and what my goals were. I’ve read lots of photography tutorials, too. I wanted images that were as sharp as possible, even if not properly exposed. Sometimes blur is good, but not today. Also, these images weren’t going to become huge prints, so a bit of grain/noise wasn’t such a big deal. I just wanted to see my handsome brother’s face as he walked out onto the court…

Thankfully, I am insane and have spent hours reading my camera’s manual and other online resources. I am very familiar with each of its modes and settings, even if I have never shot in them before. And when I had my light bulb moment, I was happy for my insanity. I decided that shooting in Shutter Priority mode would be the best choice to capture the images I desired. Here is an image similar to the Auto shot, except it was taken in Shutter Speed Priority {symbolized as Tv on Canons}. I also bumped up the ISO to about 3200.

photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority

Yay! The Tv setting means that, after you set your preferred shutter speed {mine was set around 150-200}, the camera figures out everything else for you! The best part is, unlike full Auto, you can still override the camera’s choices, which I did by bumping up the ISO and choosing focus points {although I forget to change it for the shot above}. It actually looks like these cheerleaders and dancers were standing still, and of course they were not. I can pick out and see my brother’s girlfriend, and other faces and details of the surroundings. It isn’t totally sharp, but it was a huge improvement from the photo taken in full Auto. Success!

Alina had a blast at her first high school pep rally. I love that she was able to be there to support her Guncle and ‘Niella. She loves them both, and that makes me happy. It also makes me fall in in love with my high powered DSLR even more. Sure, I love the fact that I can create pretty, sharp images. But, most of all, I am thrilled to be able to capture images of my family that I would otherwise not, or horribly so. This camera is amazing, and I LOVE it!

photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority
photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority
photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority
photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority
photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority
photograhy tutorials, shutter speed priority

The Homecoming game and my brother winning the crown was so cool! Needless to say, I took a gazillion pictures! I am so happy for my baby brother, and know that this silly competition will be a highlight of his high school memories. Being his big sister, in addition to my other fabulous siblings, has been one the best roles of my life. We love you, Guncle!

I also hope these real life photography tutorials has helped someone understand how your Shutter Priority mode can help you out, especially in low light situations.

Happy Monday!

 

 

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  1. Congrats to your brother and his girlfriend! They’re adorable!

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