Photography for Beginners Part 3: Shutter Priority Mode

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 2:  Auto Mode & Program Mode


In this post I’m going to discuss Shutter Priority Mode, usually designated by an S on your camera mode dial if it has one. (Tv, or time value, on Canon cameras.)

What is Shutter Priority Mode?

It’s called Shutter Priority Mode because you are making the shutter speed your priority in how you expose the image. In Shutter Priority Mode you control the shutter speed and allow the camera to automatically choose the correct aperture to go with it.

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Photography for Beginners: It’s All About Light

Photography for Beginners: Introduction



It’s easy to get the mistaken impression that photography is all about cameras. But a camera is actually just a tool that gathers light.

The (abbreviated) definition of photography is: The art or process of producing an image by the action of light.

The word photograph itself comes from the Greek words photo, meaning light, and graph, which means write. A photo print is essentially light written onto a piece of special paper.

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