NPhoto - - The Photo Apprentice -

I switched to the slower shut­ter speeds Lloyd rec­om­mended for the pro­pel­lor air­craft dis­plays, and I could see the dif­fer­ence straight away. With a fast shut­ter speed, the prop blades were frozen and there was no sense of move­ment – it just looked as if the planes were hang­ing mo­tion­less in the sky. But with a slower shut­ter speed of 1/160 sec, the you could see the blades spin­ning and it gave the images a real sense of move­ment. I had to work harder to keep the cam­era steady, though, be­cause the risk of cam­era shake was higher. Lloyd ex­plained that I couldn’t ex­pect to get ev­ery shot sharp, but with prac­tice my ‘hit rate’ would get bet­ter as I got more used to the weight of the lens, turn­ing smoothly to fol­low the air­craft and fol­low­ing through – just like a golfer!

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