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Fundamentals of Photography

Lesson 10 of 107

Quiz: Shutter Speeds


Fundamentals of Photography

Lesson 10 of 107

Quiz: Shutter Speeds


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Quiz: Shutter Speeds

Alright, folks, it is time for the first pop quiz of the class. And so what we are gonna do is we are gonna divide the class in half. And this is the middle line right here. Everybody over here is on Team A and everybody over here is on Team B. Alright, and so we have our captains front and middle for each section here. And the way this is gonna work is I am gonna show you a photograph, I'm gonna ask you what shutter speed it is, and I'm gonna limit it. We're not just gonna say choose one of this shutter speeds. We're gonna limit it to something that, you know, kinda makes sense. Captain, I want you to listen to your team, see what the feedback is from your team. We need to keep things moving in here, so you're gonna have five, ten seconds to hear feedback and have any quick thoughts on this. So, let's get the microphones up to the captains. And if Team A doesn't get it right, we go to Team B, which is gonna be real easy, because one of the obvious options is then gone and they can col...

lect points. And we're gonna start with Team A, because A comes before B, sorry about that, Team B. Here is your first photograph. The options are a 2000th of a second, a 500th, and 60th, a 15th, one full second, and 15 seconds. Listen to your team, see what they have to say. So, you wanna look at the photos, what's moving. Be ready to steal the answer. Are we ready with an answer? 15 seconds. 15 seconds. And the answer on the board is 15. So they get a correct answer, so one point for Team A. Alright, Team B, you get a new photograph. And you get a new challenge here. So, look at this photograph, listen to what your teammates think about what the shutter speed might be. Team A, just be ready if they miss it. Okay, what is your answer? We're gonna go with 2000, John. 2000, top of the list here. And they are spot on, so they get a point, folks. It's tied up one to one. Back to Team A, we have a new photo coming in. Alright, we're gonna get a little trickier in here. So, let's listen to your feedback. What do you guys think? And it's gonna be hard for the captains here, because they're gonna hear some different things and they're gonna have some different thoughts, "I think it's this, no, look at this, look at that." Alright, so, Captain we're gonna need to come to a decision. It's a toss-up between 1/60th and 1/15th. Oh, but I'm sorry, you can't choose two (laughter) And you've just given them a huge advantage if you haven't got this right. You should never lend the details out. Your final choice, as Captain-- 1/15th. We're gonna go with 1/15th, and the answer is correct. Oh, you guys got a good leader. You should be thankful for that. So, that's two points for Team A. Team B, let's see what we have in your photo. Okay, we might have actually seen a similar photo earlier. So, water movement is a great way of checking out for different types of shutter speeds. Water is so easy, where it moves back and forth. And they're conferring, lot of help in here, it's nice. Makes you really think, you're gonna reengineer photographs. Starting to run out of time here on this answer. Alright. We're gonna go with one. One second on this one, let's see what the answer is. Ooh, it is keeping it tied up here, correct answer. Nice job there. So with-- tied up, okay, so. Next up, we have a shot, this is over in-- Where is this? I am in Poland in this shot, not that that matters. But you're gonna be looking at this street photography shot. There's not much to base this on, but there is something very clear to base this on. And so you have to look for those clues. And it's good that there's a lot of people on each team so there's a lot of different people that can have input. And so if you're on a team, you wanna help your captain out. Okay. One second? One second in this case. And can you tell me what your team is basing on? Did you hear anything as far as why they think it's one second? What are ya looking at? (laughter) I'm gonna go with the cyclist. The blur in the-- Blur over here, okay. Because he's going straight away. So, technically, he's not panning across, so it should be sharper unless you're-- he's traveling further distance with the longer exposure. They're gonna travel a longer distance. And the one answer is correct. Nice job, you guys are doing a great job here, very good. Alright, let's see what we've got next. Alright, this is actually not far away from us here in the CreativeLive studios there. What's frozen, what's moving, how fast is it moving? And then that's gonna bring ya back to what the shutter speed is. Ken, are they answering at home? They're following along at home? Because good photographers are gonna be able to reverse engineer photographs. Okay, what do we have as an answer? We're going with 1/15th. 1/15th of a second. And spot on, nice job team. Everybody's getting right answers. You guys must have had a really good teacher (laughter). Okay, back to Team A. Alright, we gotta lot of things interesting going on in this one here. This is tricky, but you wanna look for the right clues. What do you know how fast it moves? What's happening here? Help 'em out, help your captain out. You've got good advice, be louder. If you're not sure, be quiet (laughter). Okay, it looks like we have an answer. We're going with 1/500th. 1/500th of a second. I'm afraid that's incorrect. We're gonna give it over to Team B to steal a point here. We're going 1/2000th. 1/2000th of a second is the correct answer. And if I had to point to something to really look at, don't be distracted by the gun. You look at the tail and the dirt. That is gonna be blurry probably with 500th of a second. So, you can think of a tail as like that bird wing that's moving. And so that's the one clue that really, probably, can get you to that 2000th of a second. So, Team B stole a point there. And, I'm just trying to think, because this is the la-- Oh, wait, no we do have one more. I was thinking that was the last one, no, I think we might have one or two more. Alright, so, they stole a point, but it still goes back to them. And so Team B gets this choice here. We got some more street scenes. We're in New York City by the Flat Iron Building. And the subway's just let off and what do you think the shutter speed is here? 1/60th of a second? 1/60th of a second is correct. It's pretty good for stopping human motion there. And, so, that is our last question in here. And, so, we'll start with Team A on the next quiz. And you have some ground to catch up, but there will be plenty of ground because we have lots of quizzes as we go through this class. And so hopefully that makes sense. You're all able to look at things that you know of from your own personal experience, how fast is that movement? And now what is that gonna look like in a final photograph? And so when it comes to choosing shutter speeds, if we need, for technical reasons, to let in less light, we'll choose faster shutter speeds. If we need more light, we've got the longer shutter speeds. And then for aesthetics, sometimes we want to freeze and sometimes we want to blur that motion.

Class Description

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As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the kind of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) - how to bring your creative vision to fruition.

Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition.
  • How to choose the right gear, and develop efficient workflow.
  • How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light.

John will teach you to step back from your images and think critically about your motivations, process, and ultimate goals for your photography project. You’ll learn to analyze your vision and identify areas for growth. John will also explore the difference between the world seen by the human eye and the world seen by the camera sensor. By forming an awareness of the gap between the two, you will be able to use your equipment to its greatest potential.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Photographic Characteristics
  3. Camera Types
  4. Viewing System
  5. Lens System
  6. Shutter System
  7. Shutter Speed Basics
  8. Shutter Speed Effects
  9. Camera & Lens Stabilization
  10. Quiz: Shutter Speeds
  11. Camera Settings Overview
  12. Drive Mode & Buffer
  13. Camera Settings - Details
  14. Sensor Size: Basics
  15. Sensor Sizes: Compared
  16. The Sensor - Pixels
  17. Sensor Size - ISO
  18. Focal Length
  19. Angle of View
  20. Practicing Angle of View
  21. Quiz: Focal Length
  22. Fisheye Lens
  23. Tilt & Shift Lens
  24. Subject Zone
  25. Lens Speed
  26. Aperture
  27. Depth of Field (DOF)
  28. Quiz: Apertures
  29. Lens Quality
  30. Light Meter Basics
  31. Histogram
  32. Quiz: Histogram
  33. Dynamic Range
  34. Exposure Modes
  35. Sunny 16 Rule
  36. Exposure Bracketing
  37. Exposure Values
  38. Quiz: Exposure
  39. Focusing Basics
  40. Auto Focus (AF)
  41. Focus Points
  42. Focus Tracking
  43. Focusing Q&A
  44. Manual Focus
  45. Digital Focus Assistance
  46. Shutter Speeds & Depth of Field (DOF)
  47. Quiz: Depth of Field
  48. DOF Preview & Focusing Screens
  49. Lens Sharpness
  50. Camera Movement
  51. Advanced Techniques
  52. Quiz: Hyperfocal Distance
  53. Auto Focus Calibration
  54. Focus Stacking
  55. Quiz: Focus Problems
  56. Camera Accessories
  57. Lens Accessories
  58. Lens Adaptors & Cleaning
  59. Macro
  60. Flash & Lighting
  61. Tripods
  62. Cases
  63. Being a Photographer
  64. Natural Light: Direct Sunlight
  65. Natural Light: Indirect Sunlight
  66. Natural Light: Mixed
  67. Twilight: Sunrise & Sunset Light
  68. Cloud & Color Pop: Sunrise & Sunset Light
  69. Silhouette & Starburst: Sunrise & Sunset Light
  70. Golden Hour: Sunrise & Sunset Light
  71. Quiz: Lighting
  72. Light Management
  73. Flash Fundamentals
  74. Speedlights
  75. Built-In & Add-On Flash
  76. Off-Camera Flash
  77. Off-Camera Flash For Portraits
  78. Advanced Flash Techniques
  79. Editing Assessments & Goals
  80. Editing Set-Up
  81. Importing Images
  82. Organizing Your Images
  83. Culling Images
  84. Categories of Development
  85. Adjusting Exposure
  86. Remove Distractions
  87. Cropping Your Images
  88. Composition Basics
  89. Point of View
  90. Angle of View
  91. Subject Placement
  92. Framing Your Shot
  93. Foreground & Background & Scale
  94. Rule of Odds
  95. Bad Composition
  96. Multi-Shot Techniques
  97. Pixel Shift, Time Lapse, Selective Cloning & Noise Reduction
  98. Human Vision vs The Camera
  99. Visual Perception
  100. Quiz: Visual Balance
  101. Visual Drama
  102. Elements of Design
  103. Texture & Negative Space
  104. Black & White & Color
  105. The Photographic Process
  106. Working the Shot
  107. What Makes a Great Photograph?


a Creativelive Student

Love love all John Greengo classes! Wish to have had him decades ago with this info, but no internet then!! John is the greatest photography teacher I have seen out there, and I watch a lot of Creative Live classes and folks on YouTube too. John is so detailed and there are a ton of ah ha moments for me and I know lots of others. I think I own 4 John Greengo classes so far and want to add this one and Travel Photography!! I just drop everything to watch John on Creative Live. I wish sometime soon he would teach a Lightroom class and his knowledge on photography post editing.!!! That would probably take a LOT OF TIME but I know John would explain it soooooo good, like he does all his Photography classes!! Thank you Creative Live for having such a wonderful instructor with John Greengo!! Make more classes John, for just love them and soak it up! There is soooo much to learn and sometimes just so overwhelming. Is there anyway you might do a Motivation class!!?? Like do this button for this day, and try this technique for a week, or post this subject for this week, etc. Motivation and inspiration, and playing around with what you teach, needed so much and would be so fun.!! Just saying??? Awaiting gadgets class now, while waiting for lunch break to be over. All the filters and gadgets, oh my. Thank you thank you for all you teach John, You are truly a wonderful wonderful instructor and I would highly recommend folks listening and buying your classes.


I don't think that adjectives like beautiful, fantastic or excellent can describe the course and classes with John Greengo well enough. I've just bought my first camera and I am a total amateur but I fell in love with photography while watching the classes with John. It is fun, clear, understandable, entertaining, informative and and and. He is not only a fabulous photographer but a great teacher as well. Easy to follow, clear explanations and fantastic visuals. The only disadvantage I can list here that he is sooooo good that keeps me from going out to shoot as I am just glued to the screen. :-) Don't miss it and well worth the money invested! Thank you John!


Dear John, thanks for this outstanding classes. You are not only a great photographer and instructor, but your classes are pleasant, they are not boring, with a good sense of humor, they go straight to the point and have a good time listening to you. Please, keep teaching what you like most, and I will continue to look for your classes. And thanks for using a plain English, that it's important for people who has another language as native language. Thanks again, Juan