Exposure Triangle – Shutter Speed

Learning Target:

  • I can adjust the shutter control of a DSLR camera and make four photographs using four different shutter speeds.
  • I can post my pictures to my visual journal and reflect on what I see happening with different shutters speed setting and what I learned.



  • Set the camera mode dial to Tv (shutter priority)
  • Go to a relatively bright location with a neutral background (like a brick wall).
  • Set your Aperture to f/5.6
  • Adjust the camera ISO to get a proper exposure. Remember to watch the camera meter.
  • Take four pictures at four different shutter speeds (1/15th sec., 1/60th, 1/125th and 1/500th sec.) of your partner running or walking past you (see illustration above).
  • Import your pictures using Adobe Lightroom to a new folder named Exposure Triangle Shutter Speed on your computer F drive. Add your pictures to your visual journal. Describe what you see. Which shutter speed is best at stopping movement?