This is a very common question when it comes to photography. Essentially, the question is, what’s the bottom limit when it comes to shutter speed for hand holding a camera? What’s the slowest shutter speed you should have to avoid blur from camera shake? Because after all, camera shake is experienced every single time you hand hold your camera and if your shutter speed is too slow, you’ll see slight blur in your resulting photograph. Which I might add, is highly annoying.
By the way, I’ve already written a more extensive post on this topic, so if you’re really into this type of thing, please go ahead and read all about camera shake and shutter speed to your heart’s content.
So here are the basic rules. If you hand hold your camera and set your shutter speed (or have Auto mode do it for you) to anything faster than 1/80 of a second, you should be confident that you won’t see much blur from camera shake. That’s assuming you’re using a normal lens at a normal focal length. Meaning, you’re not standing outside taking pictures of eagles flying a mile away with a 500mm lens.
For a more tried and true rule, photographers say that you shouldn’t go any slower, in terms of shutter speed, than your lens’s focal length. So if you’re shooting with a 10mm prime lens, don’t go slower than 1/10 of the second. The reason for this is because short focal lengths aren’t very magnified. There’s not a lot of shake that goes along with something like that. As you work with longer focal lengths, more shake, and as a result, blur, is introduced. That’s why you need to hasten the shutter speed.
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