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What's the Shutter Speed?

Shutter Speed is simply how fast the shutter of the camera is firing at. So the faster it is, it allows the user to capture objects that are moving at a high speed. 

For sport photography for example (ball related such as soccer, basketball, etc) 500th of a second is a good speed to aim for. 

On the other hand to shot star trails, or streets at night where you can see the light trails, you will need anywhere from a few seconds to maybe minutes/hours of shutter speed.

However with hand held photos, the fastest I can get to is about 1/60th shutter speed, anything less than that, my shots come out blurry. This is where you would use a tripod.

Normally today's modern cameras have shutter speed from BULB mode up-to 4000th of a second.

 

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