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20 Jul 2024
HDR Photography

Optimal Shutter Speed Settings for HDR Photography

In HDR photography, the only varying factor controlling the exposure in your bracketed sequence should be the shutter speed. This means that the camera is controlling the shutter speed to give us the median exposure, the darker exposure and the brighter exposure. However, given that cameras have limitations of the highest possible shutter speed and that shutter speed also controls motion freeze, there are optimal settings for shutter speed. The optimal shutter speed depends on a few considerations, which we will discuss in this article. In addition, we will explain the two issues that arise due to shutter speed as well as why the optimal exposure value should not be at 3 stops, but at 2 stops instead.

Tips & Tricks

Freezing Motion with High Shutter Speed

Aperture is usually the control that people use creatively, while the shutter speed is the workhorse of the two. But in reality, you can use shutter speed to freeze and convey motion. For this first part on shutter speed, we will be focusing on how to improve your fast shutter speed technique to freeze motion.