EP82 Understanding Stops (More Importantly – Why It’s Useful!)

Today’s podcast was recorded as I travelled to photograph a wedding.  Given this is August 2020 (the year of Covid-19) that is not a particularly common occurrence, with most of our weddings being postponed to 2021 / 2022 so I am probably sounding a little giddy! As usual, there is an update on what’s been happening and then the main topic is all about understanding ‘stops’ – or, more precisely, why it’s USEFUL to understand stops, even in this day …

Foundations: Shutter Speed, Your Camera’s Eyelid

If the aperture is like the pupil in a human eye, then the camera’s shutter is like an eyelid – light can only enter while it is open. The ‘shutter speed’ refers to the length of time that this shutter is open for, allowing light to fall on to the camera’s sensor in order to create an exposure. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second, with a ‘fast’ shutter speed including settings such as 1/250th of a second …