Canon 50D, Photography

This Week in Digital Photography Class…

We are working on slow shutter speeds.  So, how’s it going? you might ask. Arg, I would probably say.  I took this photo:

ISO 250 f/4 2sec 28mm

Well, ok, you say, I can see that you have a 2 second shutter speed that’s pretty slow. You’re right, it is.  I think I got the kind of shot my professor is looking for, but we were supposed to be using our camera’s night portrait setting to get this sort of effect.  Here’s the thing with the photos I took in that setting, the camera is trying really hard to take a “nice” picture.  I am going for something a little different.  So, while it is trying to shoot “nice” it turns up only slightly blurry not really blurry like the photo above.  The problem with a little blurry is that the viewer has to decide if you did that on purpose or if you are just not very good.

So, for this, I shot in Aperture priority mode, with white balance set to shade, because I did want that sort of orange glow.

Your thoughts on slow shutter speed? what settings do you use?  Feel free to put a link back to your own examples to share in the comments section. Other word of wisdom? I’m listening.