Fast shut­ter speeds

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Andy says… “Sports pho­tog­ra­phers use 1/640th of a sec­ond as their de­fault set­ting nine times out of ten. This set­ting en­ables you not only to freeze most of the ac­tion, but also to get a de­cent ex­po­sure un­der most light­ing con­di­tions. Above and be­low this ex­po­sure are set­tings for sports at ei­ther end of the scale. For ex­am­ple, higher shut­ter speeds (such as 1/1000th, 1/2000th of a sec­ond) are use­ful for mo­tor sport, diving, box­ing, fenc­ing, gym­nas­tics, ta­ble ten­nis, water skiing and 100m sprint. Lower shut­ter speeds (such as 1/250th, 1/125th) are prefer­able for golf, row­ing, sail­ing, boc­cia and snooker. Other ex­am­ples of shut­ter speeds that freeze the ac­tion are be­low: A shut­ter speed of 1/125th of a sec­ond freezes a per­son walk­ing; 1/250th of a sec­ond will freeze some­one jog­ging; 1/640th of a sec­ond will freeze some­one run­ning; 1/1000th of a sec­ond will freeze some­one sprint­ing; and 1/2000th of a sec­ond will freeze some­one diving.”

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