Using Slow Shutter Speed to Create Movement

Most of the time  movement in your photographs is a bad thing. That’s why we use tripods, shutter release cables, good lenses , and even lock up the mirror, etc.…. to reduce any movement or shake in the image. However, sometimes movement in the photograph can be very cool for artistic and creative effects.

Here’s a recent shot where I used a very slow shutter speed at a very small aperture to create movement in the waterfall behind the model. The camera settings were 1/8 sec, F32 @ ISO 100. I had to go all the way up to f32 to be able to use a slow enough shutter to get the desired amount of movement in the water behind her. Let me know what you think.

Using Slow Shutter Speed to Create Movement

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11 thoughts on “Using Slow Shutter Speed to Create Movement

  1. It’s a great shot and I really like the smooth flow of the water. One thing I wonder about is whether or not you used a flash as well? At 1/8th. of a second I would suspect that the model would have had to be still so as not to soften the image by moving. Yes, 1/8th. is a short duration but a blink is many times faster…and given that she’s in water I wonder if the temperature was warm enough to stop any shivers?

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