Day 4 Action moving targets
Beat the shakes with our handy field guide to the best shutter speeds to suit every shooting occasion
The first rule of Boot Camp is that if there is blur in your pictures it has to be there deliberately! There are no excuses for camera shake, and moving targets should be frozen, unless you want make use to blurry effect for artistic reasons.
The key to achieving these things is to use the right shutter speed for the job. Your first stop is to avoid the shakes. If you are hand-holding your camera, the image is not completely still and you need to set a shutter speed that is fast enough to allow for the involuntary movements of your arms and body. How fast you need to go will depend on things such as how fit you are and how cold it is, but also on the focal length of the lens you are using. The longer the lens, the more obvious any slight movement in the lens becomes in the image, necessitating a faster shutter speed than if you had a wider angle of view. But if you are in any doubt, always play safe and go for a faster shutter speed than you think you need!