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Shutter Speed Question
I'll be taking pics at a wedding. The ceremony will either be outdoors or in a tent. The people will be walking towards me. I figure that shutter priority would be the best setting on my Panny FX18. The question is what is the minimum speed that I can use to freeze the people walking towards me?Lawrie..

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BTW, I'm just a guest, not the professional photog.

Lawrie..

Comment #1

Anything faster than 1/125 will stop normal movement and 1/60 should be fast enough for slow movement..

I always choose the Av mode using the sweet spot of the lens or to control depth of field and then let the camera select the proper shutter speed for exposure. If it's too slow then I'll either increase the ISO or increase the aperture.Regards,Hank..

Comment #2

The general axiom is 1/focal length. So if you were shooting the equivalent of a 50mm lens, 1/50 of a second would work, etc. etc.'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #3

I'm guessing you are shooting handheld, standing without support, and that your camera doesn't have image stabilization, that's worst case. So shoot at 125 minimum and push the ISO to get the apature you want. f8 is a good starting point..

If you have the chance to go by the location of the wedding a day or so before and take a test buddy with you you can see what settings will work best for that location...beware the lighting conditions might be different for the wedding, but you'll at least have a starting point..

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Comment #4

Nikonparrothead wrote:.

The general axiom is 1/focal length. So if you wereshooting the equivalent of a 50mm lens, 1/50 of asecond would work, etc. etc..

Whoops, wrong rule of thumb. That's appropriate for minimizing camera movement to reach an acceptable level of steadiness for handheld shots of stationary objects. The OP was concerned about being able to "freeze" the people walking towards him. Whatever the correct answer is, if they were running instead of walking, a faster shutter speed would be required, and the above formula doesn't take the subject's speed into account. What Lawrie should really do is take some shots of people walking to see the results of using different shutter speeds...

Comment #5

Freezing action like a hand shake or dance is going to ba at about 180 or better...250 stops most children playing. again push the ISO to get the right apature..

50 to 200mm focal length is a good range for shooting portraites to full body couples. 18 to 50 is great for wide groupe shots or where you are in a small space..

F8 gives a balance of field of focus and light...opening up towards f2 will soften the background and increase the light (lower ISO or higher shutter speeds.) While closing down towards f22 willl flatien the depth and decrease light(Increase ISO or slower shutter speeds.).

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Comment #6

Set up a practice test and have someone walk toward you at about the speed you expect or maybe a little faster and then take some practice shots. That way you can answer your own question and get some practice before hand. That way on the day of the wedding you won't be more nervous than the bride..

If you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #7

Stainedsilver wrote:.

Set up a practice test and have someone walk toward you at about thespeed you expect or maybe a little faster and then take some practiceshots. That way you can answer your own question and get somepractice before hand. That way on the day of the wedding you won'tbe more nervous than the bride..

I don't know how quick the Panny is at focusing and shutter lag, because I know these things have been improved in some cameras, and by quite a lot, recently..

Nevertheless, it may be sensible to do what we used to do before the days of Auto Focus, and that is pre-focus on a POINT on the floor, and then shoot when the couple get to it.Regards,Baz..

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