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Which Shutter Speeds?

Which shutter speeds should you use for landscape photography and what effect will they have on your photographs? David Hay shares his thoughts

If you have your camera on a tripod and the subject is not moving, what effect will altering the shutter speed have on the image? Answer – none. The matching aperture you need to choose to get the correct exposure will have an indirect effect on the look of the photograph but the shutter speed won’t.

My first semi-automatic camera was a Canon AE-1, which had a shutter-priority exposure system. You selected the required shutter speed and the camera set the appropriate aperture. As a landscape photographer I was always trying to get the maximum depth-of-field, which was quite difficult when handholding a camera with slow (25-50 ISO) film. My solution was to ...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 34 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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