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assignment 3: motion

Target: Learn to manipulate images by adjusting shutter speed in shutter priority or manual mode on a digital camera.  Demonstrate creative uses of freezing and blurring. 


Directions:  Take images which demonstrate your understanding of how to use manual settings for shutter speed to capture the feeling of motion in a still image.  Turn in your best 4 examples of freezing and/or blurring.  Extension opportunity: Panning- take a picture while rotating a camera on its vertical or horizontal axis in order to keep a moving person or object in view. 


  • set your shooting mode to Tv or M

  • use the wheel on the back of the camera to increase or decrease your shutter speed

  • try using 1/25 or slower (slow shutter speed) to show the moving subject as blurry or transparent  hint: darker location may work best

  • try using 1/125 or faster (fast shutter speed) to freeze your subject in motion   hint: bright locations or a smaller f-stop/larger aperture may work best 

  • try panning, following your subject in motion with your camera to catch motion

Shutter speed is the amount of time that the shutter remains open to allow light to reach the digital camera sensor.  It is measured in seconds or fractions of seconds.  



ideas, inspiration - click on pictures & link to more

Madison High School

Jeroen Niewhuis - Red Bull Illume

Eric Pare

PDX AV Squad

Bryan Adam Castillo

Alexander Yakovlev

advanced technical skills- click on pictures & link to more

lightroom skills

For every image remember to use LR to:

  • Adjust the color tones, brightness, contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation & luminance

  • Crop and straighten images

  • Set the resolution to 300 dpi & limit file size to 15000 k for export

Define your personal editing voice with:

  • Use the brush tool to make adjustments to select areas of the image​

  • Use the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) panel to make individualized color adjustments​

  • Use the split toning panel to adjust shadows and highlights independently​

  • Use a preset as a starting point to stylize your image

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