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Have you cracked your baking tools this winter? When you are ready to share your recipes and images with the rest of the world, remember that presentation is almost as important as taste. This is why we are breaking down the shutter speed for food photography, and seeing how to incorporate some action into your images.

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Why bother with shutter speed?

In food photography, you usually want to keep everything in mind, because food does not move on its own at all. So for traditional photography, you can just go for a faster shutter speed and be done with it. But to make a dramatic action shot, you need to understand what is happening with the shutter speed.

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The shutter speed of your camera determines how long the lens will open and therefore how much light is allowed into the camera, which in turn affects the captured image. The longer the lens opens and closes, the more light comes in. Additionally, the camera will capture any motion or motion that occurs during shutter closure. So you want a faster shutter speed when you're seeing something nice and crisp, but when you want to create a sense of speed, you can slow down the speed a bit. Everything stationary in the frame will appear nice and sharp, while anything in motion will be 'captured in action.'

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The faster the shutter speed, the clearer you can see in this breakdown.

Shutter speed is one of the important pillars of the exposure triangle, as the amount of time your camera is exposed to light will directly affect the lightness of your photo. To learn more in depth about how shutter speed affects and how aperture and ISO affect, be sure to read the entire guide to learn how to shoot manually here.

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How to read shutter speed
Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second. For example, when you want to take a picture for a hundredth of a second, you are shooting in 1 / 100s. On cameras, however, the shutter speed is displayed without variation, so it will read as the 100. '

If you shoot for more than a second, it will read as 1 "(for one second) or 2" for two seconds.

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It may not seem like a long time to take a picture, but when you're holding the camera by hand, try it and you'll see how much motion blur you catch (to be honest, it's a lot Going to do).

How to set your shutter speed?
When shooting by hand, it is important to choose a shutter speed that is sharp enough to ensure that your lines are not blurred. As a human being, it is still completely impossible. This is why there is a short-handed cheat code for shooting manually.

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The shutter speed should be twice the length of your lens. So shooting with a fixed 50mm lens means that you should be shooting at least 1 / 100s.

However, when it comes to being creative, using a tripod is going to open up your realm of possibilities. Take a look at the photo above. Suppose you want to catch the chocolate being dropped on the cookies with motion blur like in the photo on the left.

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To achieve that effect, you will need to set up a tripod so that you are shooting at a 0 ° angle from the plate and make sure that your cookies are in focus before trying to capture the motion.