Shutter Priority (TV mode)

Shutter Priority (TV mode)

shutter priority or time value as it’s also known is a semi-automatic mode on your
camera which allows you to choose a shutter speed and the camera will go away and find an
aperture to work with it therefore the camera is automatically
controlling the exposure whilst you control the shutter, you’re saying the shutter is the most important thing in the whole wide world and that’s what i want to use. now shutters predominately an exposure
control the longer the shelter is open for more
light comes in, the less time the shutter is open less light comes in but you can also use
them creatively but it’s all about motion a slow shutter
speed will blur motion and get a real dynamic feel of moving in it and a fast shutter speed will freeze it,
hold it solid that’s why I’m walking round and round in circles. Now to demonstrate how the camera can freeze motion by using shutter priority what i’m gonna do is do a shot of my old skater mate Lawrence, coming past this grafitti behind me, but first we gotta set up the camera. so we’re in shutter priority mode
already, in want a fast shutter speed to freeze Lawrence and the background as he comes past it. So i’m gonna use a five hundreth of a second, that is a pretty fast shutetr speed which will be plenty to freeze something like a skateboarder. So i set the five hundred just look through the viewfinder of where you’re gonna be shooting to make sure the exposures okay, and straight away I can see it says low in the aperture side of you know the display. The reason for this is that a 500th of a second in rather dull light like this the camera can’t find a big enough aperture to make that shutter speed work. now when you’re in shutter priority mode
you also have control of your white balance and your Iso, now nothing on a camera works in isolation, if you tweak one thing you usually got to tweak something
else. I’m gonna tweak the Iso, because if I make the sensor more sensitive it will scoop up more light and it will allow the camera to find an aperture to work with if you’re not sure
about Iso’s then you need to watch the Iso film. So press the Iso button, let’s rack that up, i’m gonna go to 1000 Iso, so it’s a much more sensitive sensor. If I point it at the wall over there yeah, i’m getting between f7 and f8 now the camera now has
the ability to choose an aperture to work with the shutter speed up chosen. let’s see if
we can get a shot Lawrence coming down the path now. Lawrence go for it. Yeah that’s reall cool. All you have to do is put your focusing gun site on Lawrence in continuous mode and hold it there as he comes past, I’m panning the camera so everythings on the move but as you can see the shot of lawrence is beautifully frozen against the background. With this shot what I wanna do is to get Lawrence fairly sharp against
the background as he skateboards through but i want the background to blur to do
that I’m gonna set a slower shutter speed or slow-ish and I’m gonna move the camera with
Lawrence’s as he comes through. now if you try this technique yourself
and get it wrong don’t lose heart it really is quite tricky have to do it
many many times to get it right outside of film land we actaully did this about twenty times before i actually got the right shot and because i’ve already done it i know which shutter speed i need, I find that at a 50th of a second with lawrence going through I get the result i want. So set up the camera, shutter priority I’m gonna set a 50th of a
second onto the camera now the camera is straight away setting the aperture for me again look where the shots gonna be it’s over there now i’m getting a high reading, this time. so I’m gonna lower my Iso okay, because the Iso is now at 1000 from the last shot it’s really really
sensitive it’s not letting the camera find a small enough aperture for me to use for ther slow shutter speed. The shutters open for a long time and lot’s of light comes in. So, change the Iso let’s take that all the way back down i’m gonan go to round about 200, 250 maybe let’s have a look, er 250th of a second, sorry Iso 250 it gives me f16 aperture, the camera can find and aperture. Just kind of like go and watch the aperture films, and the Iso films if you haven’t quite got your head around that bit. We’re now set up, I know what’s going on. Lawrence go for it. I’m gonna pan with Lawrence as he comes through the shot, Now start shooting as he goes through, there we go. Yeah, bingo, look. We’ve got a nice blurred background and Lawrence is pretty sharp I’d gone
with Lawrence, my movements is with Lawrence but the blurred background is going on. Suppose
you wanna shoot the classic waterfall shot it’s the same thing it’s only instead moving the camera you
look good on the tripod you could you shutter priority to set a
slow shutter speed now the waterfall shot generally speaking needs about a half a second exposure, that’s a very long exposure and you may need to start adding neutral density filters, i’m not talking about that in this one. hopefully that has explained shutter priority to you, where you can use it and how to set it.

84 thoughts on “Shutter Priority (TV mode)”

  1. flip me big man you have lost a shead load if timber! good on you looking about ten years younger! ps ur vids are awesome and very helpful keep up the good work

  2. You make amazing videos Mike. Can you make a film on photographing flying birds… I guess we would use Shutter priority for that.

  3. Thank you. Maybe… I don't use shutter priority for anything because when you set a high shutter speed the camera can run out of apertures to go with it and then refuse to take a picture. I prefer Aperture priority. If I want a fast shutter I set a wide aperture and higher ISO and the camera will always give me the fastest shutter speed it can.

  4. Hi Mike, great video. I recently shot a skate show in aperture mode.The skaters' skates and hands were blurry. I was so disappointed. I really wanted to sharply freeze the action. That result is what prompted me to search for video instruction on shutter priority. After watching this video, I was feeling great about my next attempt to photograph the skaters. Then I saw your comment that you do not use shutter priority. I suppose then I should play with the ISO rather than use shutter priority?

  5. Sorry i missed your comment. Yes i'd use Aperture P with your widest aperture, check the shutter speed and up the ISO if it's not fast enough.

  6. I am a photography theory Beginner. I have never done anything more than point and shoot. I am so Excited to try Tv mode on a borrowed Cannon G12 for capturing Moving Horses. My photos are blurry using just the "Action" preset. I even feel Confident to spend the money I have been Saving on my First SLR camera now that I have found YOU! Your teaching Style and Presentation is second to none on YouTube. Never Stop Teaching – your channel is Amazing Mr. Browne.

  7. Duly noted. I will now try both Tv AND Av modes with some Continuous Auto Focus and a dash of Servo thrown in for capturing moving horses. Again, your teaching videos are pure inspiration for me. Thank you so very much for your valued time and superb effort.

  8. Thank you Sandra Gale. Something else which will help is to shoot when there's plenty of light which will help avoid camera shake which is the cause of most blurry photos. Have a look at this vid /watch?v=s2b62BJIw5c

  9. i new to DSLR and i have watched many videos on learning DSLR and this person is far best, Plain, easy and SIMPLES!!!!

    Please keep up the work and help us newbies to DSLRS!!

  10. Thank you Dan. Please help us spread the word and grow the community by 'liking' 'G+ing', sharing our videos and linking to us on photo forums, Facebook etc

  11. WOW the penny has finally dropped. Watched lots of videos and this one just explains where I'm going wrong. At a friends wedding the confetti shot was blurred. My change from 50D sport auto mode to a 5D MKII has been stressful, I'm going to go out tomorrow and try all these tips thank you 🙂

  12. im new in photography and i really appreciate your videos they help e a lot in my pictures, but for most i try to understand the call "stops" usually people say "oh its 2 stops under" and i dont understand how some one can tell this is 2-3 or 5 stops under or over…
    i understand that is over exposed or under exposed i can read the histogram even though i dont do it too much i you heva help to understand the right exposure and how to set it on my camera white balance but the stop thing i dont get it…
    please some video to help 

  13. Thanks Mike. Thanks God i found your videos so I am practicing all you have explained about camera set up. As a teacher, i can say you teach and explain very well, using realia (objects from real life used when teaching) so people can understand, learn and very important, apply the instructions. I've read many articles, blogs and followd lots of photographer fan page in facebook and i have to admit, I have learned what i needed for sooo long time to understand, when watching all your videos. Thanks for sharing and now i am a new subscriber. Keep up with the good work. Greetings from Panama (Central america). and always waiting for the next video. Take care Mike. 

  14. Mike. One question Please. I am new to this DSLR world and when I taking pictures either in AV or TV modes, the pictures are more bluer during daylight. On the other hand if I take the same picture in macro mode, then they are more natural and have enough yello hue in them. Could you pls advice.

  15. Thank you. I wish you were here so you could help me with my suckie photos. I need direct intervention. 🙂 Have a great day.

  16. LOVED THIS! I'm a novice photographer and this tutorial gave me more knowledge. Thank you! Definitely subscribing. 

  17. Thank you Mike .Very helpful!
    I recently find myself prefering shutter priority to shoot rather than Aperture…I find that It gives me more control of the camera this way…

  18. hello sir.. I have a problem.. I take outdoor portraits at night (in yellow streetlights) and they get blur… what settings to put in order to avoid the blur and have enough light? plz help :'(

  19. firstly i want to thank you for sharing such a knowledgeable videos with all of us. I have learned many things and i found it easy to operate my dslr. i need your help…. how can i click photo in a room when light comes from background and subject is dark

  20. To blur the background you use iso 200, shutter speed 1/50 and aperture F16. But I thought that to blur the background you need a lower aperture number (bigger the hole) apparently F16 does the job.
    Stunning pictures by the way. Thanks, you teach so well.

  21. hi i watch all your vidieos i shoot motor sport but i only use low speed but it wont give low enough f stop to blur back ground i like it to be low as to show main subject i always get about f 8 9 10 whitch is to high can you make nother video bit longer

  22. yes i do pan with subject i have sigma 150-600 lense on a nikon d7200 its just i some times dont seem to get back ground blured enough from subject idont shoot below 1/250 usually then it spoils picture

  23. Fantastic explanation and example! Thanks so much for this. Your videos have helped me tremendously. Cheers!

  24. Found this very helpful. The explanation is very clear and understandable. I've only just come across your video's and if they are all as easy to follow as this one then I'm going to learn. But, please stop walking round in circles because I'm now dizzy! lol

  25. Hi Dear
    if we are in Aperture mode A same thing will is show on camera Lo or More light.pls ex plane it

  26. Nice. I think a slower shutter speed 60 to 80 and AI Servo then pan the skate boarder would make for dynamic photo too.

  27. Thanks for the video. recently found your adorama tutorials and found them all very clear and easy to understand . Now I know what to do when I see the Hi and Lo message on the screen. Never knew previously what to adjust. Thanks.

  28. Very informative, although I don't take many photos like this, with the exception of waterfall images, that I do take quite a bit in spring and summer. Thanks, Mike.

  29. well, if you up the iso the sensor doesn't actually take in more light,. What happens when iso gets raised is the signal from the sensor is amplified.
    Good info on TV mode. Thanks.

  30. Hey Mike
    Really fantastic as always.
    What other focus settings you have on the camera while panning.
    AF-C? 3D tracking ? Will these help me a get a sharp subject and background blur!

  31. had to stop video , circling like that and I didn't hear a word he said just wanted to stop dizzy effect. 🙁

  32. Great video Mike, and straight to the point (unlike some other youTube videos… and None of those bloody annoying  "Waaaasssapp"s  or  "Awwwwsooome" s   LOL ).. anyway, I've just bought the Canon 80D, when I tried  using the TV mode, the result was a very dark picture,  but now I know what I was doing wrong thanks to your video. I've now subscribed.

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