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shutter speeds to me. i'm still trying to figure out my camera - and i'd like to be able to learn about shutterspeeds. but the instruction book that came with it just confuses me.
If you compare a camera to a window covered in a curtain...when you peek out of the window, you lift the curtain out of the way. The length of time you pull the curtain back is like your shutter speed. How far you pull the curtain back (and leave more or less of the window open) is like your aperture. Maybe that isn't so clear.
You can think of shutterspeeds as a way to control the action of a shot. You know those waterfall shots where the water looks smooth like glass, those are shot with a slow shutter speed. Same with night sky pics where the stars trail across the horizon....or car headlights that seem to stream out in long lines. All of those are effects you only get by leaving the shutter open longer, having a slow shutter speed; it creates a blur to show the motion of a subject. A fast shutterspeed is better for freezing the action. Say getting a shot of a hummingbird's wings. Or a crisp splash of water where all the droplets look distinct.