Freeze Motion with Fast Shutter Speeds

One of the biggest challenges new photographers face is stopping moving subjects. When set to automatic exposure, frequently the camera does not select a short enough exposure time to freeze the movement. You can get faster shutter speeds when shooting outside in the daytime because there is almost always more light available outdoors than inside.

ISO 100, 1/1250 second, f/4, 47mm

You can also choose a fast shutter speed by switching to Shutter Priority exposure mode (labeled S or Tv on the exposure dial). A shutter speed of 1/500 second or faster can freeze most motion. Be sure to check the brightness of your first few shots because this setting will let you make a picture that's too light or too dark.

Learn more about using Shutter Priority exposure mode in Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera, Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.