03. Shutter speeds

In this chapter Karl shows you creative photography techniques using just your shutter speed.

He shows you how to adjust your shutter speed to freeze time and capture motion. He also shows you how to use the cameraโ€™s light meter to ensure that your photos are correctly exposed every time.

Through the practical demonstration of capturing an image of a young child riding his bike Karl demonstrates how to keep the action alive in your photographs and also how you can capture great seascape images using a slightly different techniques.

Youโ€™ll learn how applying some simple settings and a few professional photography tips can really make the difference.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Photography modes: TV (shutter priority) vs AV (aperture priority)
  • How to take creative photos with different shutter speeds
  • How to freeze movement with a fast shutter speed
  • How to blur motion with a slow shutter speed
  • How to photography children
  • How to pan using a slow shutter speed

To learn more about some of the concepts discussed in this class, take a look at our Photography Quick Start Guide.

If you have any questions about this class, please post them in the comments section below.

NOTE: This course is available with subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl,

    Just signed up to your program.
    I got a question related to this video.
    Where would be the best area to have the focus point pointing in the landscape shot. If I have it pointing in dark areas, I might have some elements of the photo overexposed, if I point it to bright areas, I will have some areas of the photo underexposed.

    Would HDR photography would be recommended for landscape shot?

    Regarding the all around sharpness of the photo, should I take a set of photos with different aperture settings and then stack them to get great sharpness all over the image or will I be okay with setting it to a high aperture setting ex: (f/18 – f/22).

    Quite a long question ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice videos, thanks!

    1. Hi Rachel, this was a graduated 0.9 ND filter and a straight ND filters (0.9) too. That’s my usual set up. There is more covered on filters in the following modules. Also remember when you are logged in you can look at the ‘Equipment List’ on the right hand side. Kind regards Karl.

  2. I’d agree with everyone’s comments. You have an amazing way of explaining things- I’m completely new to photography but feel like I’m learning a lot already. Thank you!

  3. My dad has just finished restoring his late fathers motorcycle which is his new pride and joy. I plan on doing a shoot of it now that I’ve purchased my first Prime lens but I’d also love to get some motion photos of it. From the looks of things, I need to set a shutter speed around 1/30 or 1/40 (it’s a 35mm prime on a crop sensor) and then try and pan with him as he rides past (assuming slower than he’d normally ride it).

    I have a Sony A6000 which has the 11fps burst shoot so I’m guessing this would also be beneficial?

    1. Hi Sam, yes I’d agree with you on all of that but you may have to experiment with your panning shutter speed and you may also want to use an ND filter so you can still achieve maximum aperture for shallow depth of field, you will learn more on that as you progress through this course.

  4. G’day mate, just signed up. I’ve noticed from the video’s online from yourself and numerous other photographers that they never seem to be dressed for the water. All rugged up in the cold and shade in the heat but water always seems to catch you guys out. Anyway, content is presented well and you cant beat the price. Cheers.

  5. Hi Karl, do we take multiple pictures and then combine it for final product or a single shot.
    If multiple shots, do the focus point change or the aperture/shutter.

    1. Hi Shyamanta, in product photography multiple shots can often be useful but I don’t see that it would be useful in the examples in this chapter?

  6. I think it’s better if you have English subtitle especially for international student like me because there are some words that I don’t understand therefore I had to replay few times but still couldn’t catch up

  7. Hi Karl…. (last comment I promise!)
    I have set up my camera and just use the tap water at various speed. The subject is not great as I would love the sea, but the ‘sea’ tap just have to do. I did what you told me to do and the penny dropped. Thank you ever so much for your ‘clear and precise’ information, Karl. You are a natural speaker and a brilliant teacher without a doubt.

    Kildare, Ireland

    1. Hey Shane it doesn’t have to be your last comment! I’m glad the training is working for you. I’m sure you have lots of beautiful coastline in Ireland to go an put it to the test. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. hahaha!! What a little cutie that little boys is. Quite a character. Presumably your son? Thanks to him for helping ๐Ÿ™‚

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