How to choose the right shutter speed for sport photography

Shutter speed is actually a measure of the length of time that a camera's shutter is open to expose the sensor to light. So when a fast shutter speed such as 1/500sec is set, the shutter is only open for a very short period of time – 1/500sec with our example to be precise. And when a longer shutter speed like 1sec is selected, the shutter is open for longer – 1sec in our example. Simple.

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Angela Nicholson has been head of testing for various photography magazines and now works as a freelance reviewer, writer and photographer. You can find her @AngeNicholson on Twitter.