Last week, we talked about Aperture Priority. Now, let’s look at Shutter Priority.
Shutter Priority enables you to set your shutter speed while the in camera meter will continually change your aperture (f/stop) to achieve a good exposure. This setting could be helpful for a variety of reasons.
- Suppose you’re shooting sports, your kids playing, or other action. If you have to change your f/stop between shots due to changing light/shadow, you’ll probably miss a lot of great shots. Set your camera to aperture priority, choose the shutter speed that will get you the motion blur or stop action you want and allow the camera to adjust the f/stop for your exposure.
- Shutter priority is great for those who are still getting the hang of proper exposures, but want more control over their images than Auto allows. It will give you more control but should help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
There are a couple of things that you need to be aware of when shooting aperture priority.
- You sacrifice control over your depth of field.
- If you’re shooting at a slow shutter speed, you’ll need a tripod to eliminate camera shake.
- Remember, you still control your ISO. If you need more control, then adjust your ISO. For more information on how Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO work together, read my series on the Exposure Triangle.