January 23, 2018, 03:25:06 AM

Author Topic: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld  (Read 2211 times)

kat.hayes

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Re: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2018, 02:40:13 PM »
Thanks everyone.

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Re: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld
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stevelee

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Re: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2018, 11:21:43 PM »
Sure, but you can also set an acceptable-to-your-tastes ISO cap to your personal preferences with Auto ISO.  My 5D3 is set to cap at ISO 6400 but I'll push that at concerts, super dim rooms, if I see an Elk after dark on the South Rim of the GC, etc.
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Yes, I know. I had to change the setting to allow auto ISO to go up to 40,000. I decided to give the camera a long leash and try out various situations, and then look at the data for any shots from which I thought I might learn something. I'm somebody who used to dare push Tri-X to ASA 800, so the higher numbers look scary until I see what the modern results are.

FTb-n

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Re: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2018, 08:50:14 PM »
Assuming a FF body, 2/focal length is a good starting point.  But this varies with the photographer, the lens, and the situation.

It always helps to develop good habits for holding a camera steady -- keep your elbows in, squeeze the shutter instead of hitting it, brace against a wall, etc.  I kneeling is appropriate for the shot, brace an elbow on a knee.  If tracking a moving subject, pan with the subject while shooting.  Some situations lend themselves to slower shutter speeds better than others.

Lens choice plays a factor here.  With a 24-70 f2.8L II on a 5D3 or a 1Dx, I generally shoot at 1/125 or faster at 70mm.  But, I recently tried an 85 f1.8 on these bodies and couldn't hold it steady consistently at anything slower 1/250.  I suspect that the weight and mass of the 24-70 had better dampening affect than the small, lightweight 85.

I strongly recommend shooting a test pattern (or a cereal box with sharp printed text) with each non-IS lens to get a feel for what your slow shutter speed limit is.
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Re: Shutter speed rule when shooting handheld
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2018, 08:50:14 PM »