Slower shutter speeds like 1/60 second and slower cause a blurring effect. If you want to take a picture using a slow shutter speed, it is best to mount the camera on a tripod and use image stabilization (such as SteadyShot technology) to reduce the chance of any unwanted camera movement. In a number of situations, motion blur is desirable and can provide very artistic photos.
- The photo on the left was shot using a fast shutter speed.
- The photo on the right was shot using a slow shutter speed.
IMPORTANT: There should be plenty of light when using fast shutter speeds. Because the shutter is open for a shorter duration, this limits the amount of light coming into the camera. Slow shutter speeds do not need as much light because the camera shutter is open longer, allowing more light into the camera.
NOTE: Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO all work together to control the amount of light that enters the camera and influences exposure.