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Old Aug 8, 2005, 4:13 PM   #1
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Is there a place where I can download a "generic" shutter speed table to give an idea for speeds in different situations? Thanks.
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Old Aug 8, 2005, 5:23 PM   #2
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Shutter speed, alone, is not sufficient to determine exposure for a given equation. You also need aperture size (f-stop) and ISO. Those three values combine to produce an exposure value. You can have all kinds of fancy meters and exposure systems on the latest whizbang camera and it is still about shutter-speed, aperture, and ISO.

There are probably many such tables available. I would think that most are based on ISO100, and f8.

I know I didn't answer your question but I wanted to be sure that you knew what you were asking for is only part of the equation.

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Old Aug 9, 2005, 5:41 PM   #3
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It really is impossible to say. If you are shooting a landscape using a tripod the shutter speed really doesn't matter and you are more likely to concern yourself with using an aperture that provides the depth f field you want.

If you are trying to stop action it depends on whether the subject its moving directly towards you are moving past you. You can stop the action with a slower shutter speed if the subject is moving directly towards you. On the other hand if the subject is moving past you panning can keep the subject sharp and blur the background while allowing you to use slower shutter speeds.

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Old Aug 9, 2005, 8:12 PM   #4
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calr & Nagasaki are both right in saying you need to figure out the relationship between f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO.

However, there are various rules-of-thumb for some siturations. Sunny f/16 is probably the most used/noted. Sunny f/16 says that on a bright sunny day, shoot at f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/ISO, e.g., with ISO 100 shoot at f/16 at 1/100th sec. or f/11 at 1/200th. or f/8 at 1/400th. ... If you understand that relationship, you will know the basics of the ISO. f/stop, shutter speed interaction.

In the old days (before SLRs, never mind before digital), Kodak had a little insert with their film showing the sunny f/16 rule and further such rules for cloudy, and a couple of other generic light levels. Wasn't included with slide film since guesing and letting the print processing deal with reasonable errors doesn't work.

One "rule" relating only to shutter speed applies to shooting airplanes or helicopters. You want the propeller to be blurred to give a sense of motion. That means the shutter should be open long enough for the prop to make at least a good part of one revolution. If you are into airplanes, you should be able to work that out.
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Old Aug 9, 2005, 10:18 PM   #6
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Another good resource is Fred Parker's Ultimate Exposure Computer. In compliance with his copyright restrictions, the following link takes you to his home page:


Look for the link to "Ultimate Exposure Computer" near the bottom of the page.
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