A Photographer’s Shutter Speed Cheat Sheet As A Handy Reference For You

In order to take to your photography to the next level, you should be able to understand and master shutter speed and the relationship to exposure. Taking things one step further, you will then see that using shutter speed as a tool to achieve stunning effects can be extremely rewarding and challenging.

Whichever way you want to work with your shutter speed, we have a chart which will help you achieve that result, and also make things a whole lot simpler!

Full stop, ½ stop, 1/3 stop

Simply by doubling, or halving the shutter speed you can change the exposure value. With the advent of digital cameras shutter speeds can now be adjusted by halves or even thirds of a stop. The cheat sheet will help you calculate your exposure.

Safe shutter speed

For photographing moving objects it is important that you use the correct shutter speed. The chart will give you an idea of how the speed affects the sharpness of the images.

Light

You will see from the cheat sheet that a faster shutter speed means less light, while a slower speed ensures that more light reaches the sensors.

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Birds in flight 1/2000

This is the speed which is typically used to take shots of flying birds, so that they are kept in focus. If you want the body of the bird in focus but the wings blurred you may increase the speed to 1/400th to do this.

Action sports

Speeds between 500th and 1000th are needed to ensure that the action is frozen and the edges are crisp and clear. This is essential with sports like football and soccer where the movement is so fast.

Street photography 1/250th – 1/500

Most streets are a constant movement with cars and people and shutter speed is vital so that you do not have just a whole blur of activity. The correct exposure will ensure that you avoid soft edges and blurry outlines.

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Landscapes 1/125th – ¼

A slower shutter speed of 1/8 or ¼ is acceptable if you are using a tripod. If you intend to shoot with a hand held camera then be sure to go for a shutter speed which is faster.

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Panning cars 1/50th -1/60th

This is used to shoot artistic scenes such as the car travelling, but the background out of focus. You’ll need a slower shutter speed to focus on the car.

Waterfalls 1/8th – 2 seconds

it will look as if the water is actually falling down the waterfall if you use a longer shutter speed. It will create a visual effect, which in fact, does not happen in reality.

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Blurring water half – 5 seconds

To create dreamy landscapes, with gentle blue skies and smooth water, you will need a shutter speed which is slower than half a second. This speed works on any slow moving water, such as oceans, lakes and ponds.

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Fireworks 2 – 8 seconds

A slower speed will give you a blurry, overexposed picture, while a faster speed will result in specks of light against a dark sky. The happy medium is between 3-5, which will give you the best results.

Stars 15 – 25 seconds

Try using a tripod here as balance and stillness is all important. A faster speed will give you small, dim stars, while a longer shutter speed of over 30 seconds will give you a trailing effect.

Star trails

Often this effect is created with the exposure time of 15 minutes or longer. However, when done digitally you can take a series of photos with 30 seconds of exposure each. Afterwards you can then edit them together to create the wonderful trailing effect.

Source: Digital Photography School

Mother With 6 Negative Pregnancy Tests Gives Birth Just ONE DAY After Doctor Confirmed She Was Pregnant

Most mother’s to be have several months to prepare for the birth of their baby. This was not the case with a mother who gave birth just one day after finding out she was pregnant!

The mother was shocked when she went for a routine check up, only to be told that she was two months pregnant. Her doctor did not realize just how wrong he had been when she went into labour 24 hours later and delivered a healthy baby boy.

After six pregnancy tests came back negative the mother carried on her life as normal, working overtime at her job, going rock climbing eight months into her term and even falling down the stairs when she was five months pregnant! She showed absolutely no signs of being pregnant.

Her boss was the only person who suspected that she may have been pregnant, but any suggestions were shrugged of and put down to just being fat. A healthy, happy baby boy proved everyone wrong!

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

Amanda shares:

“When I first found out I was pregnant, I was shocked.”

“I always thought that pregnancy would be a pretty obvious thing.”

“One of the strangest things is looking back at the time I was pregnant and realising all of the crazy things I did.”

“I fell down a flight of stairs while holding my cat at five months pregnant, sat for a five hour tattoo session at six months, and at seven months, I went on a week long trip to Virginia with my friend Jess.”

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

“While we were there, we went hiking and I decided I wanted to climb some rocks.”

“There’s a really great picture of me crouching on top of a rock I climbed, and I love showing it to people and pointing out that I gave birth a month after that picture was taken.”

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

The pastry chef from Rocky Hill in Connecticut, USA, did not show any significant signs of being pregnant. When she put on a little weight, Amanda believed she was just bloated, while her friends even told her she lost weight. She also put down her mild morning sickness to a bug that had been going around at work.

“I felt a little bloated, but I had actually lost weight,” she said.

“I had been trying to see a doctor for a while, but it kept getting put off.”

“I didn’t think there was anything serious going on.”

“The only noticeable symptom I had was my missed period, which was what led me to take pregnancy tests.”

Amanda took six pregnancy test from two months to five months, but all showed negative results. She said:

“It was funny that everyone commented how it looked like I had lost weight.”

“I was eight months pregnant at the time.”

“My boss was the only person who thought I looked pregnant.”

“I laughing saying things like, ‘Nope, not pregnant. Just fat.'”

Pregnancy cravings and morning sickness were also brushed off by Amanda with seemingly straightforward explanations.

The initial news that she was pregnant was a shock, but Francis, who has always wanted kids, felt she had time enough to prepare

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

“As far as morning sickness goes,” she said, “I was mildly sick for a couple of weeks, but I thought it was just a stomach bug because everyone at work seemed to be sick, as well.”

“I did have a strange craving for Chipotle almost every day. Now I don’t care for it.”

“I also had a very difficult time finishing a meal. I was never really hungry at all,” she added.

Luckily Amanda steered clear of alcohol during her pregnancy, claiming she just had an aversion to it while she was carrying little Kellin. It was during a visit to her primary care doctor, who ran blood test, that Amanda was told she was two months pregnant.

The news was a surprising one for Amanda, but she has always wanted kids, felt she had enough time to prepare.

She said: “I found out a day before I had Kellin that I was supposedly two months pregnant.”

“I was scared about the idea of giving birth.”

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

“I was confused and in tears. I was happy, because I’ve always wanted kids, but I didn’t exactly expect it to happen like this.”

During the night of her labor, believing she was only 2 months pregnant, Amanda feared the worst when the pain started to increase:

“That night, I started having what I thought was cramps and some spotting,” she said.

“The following morning, I went into work as usual, but the cramps had gotten so bad I could barely stand.”

“I went to the emergency room, convinced I was having a miscarriage.”

“They did an ultrasound right away, and I remember hearing the ultrasound tech saying ‘My God’ under her breath, so I was crying and prepared to hear the worst from the doctor.”

“I was absolutely in shock when he told me I was actually eight months pregnant and in labour.”

“I couldn’t stop crying. I had no idea what I was going to do. It was certainly a crazy day.”

“The only thoughts going through my head were that I wasn’t prepared, that I wasn’t going to be able to keep the baby and that I was going to have to place him for adoption.”

Amanda Francis has revealed her shock of giving birth the day after finding out she was pregnant

Her baby was in the breach position and therefore the doctors had to perform a caesarean:

“It was all so scary. Everything seemed to happen so quickly,” Amanda said.

“Once I had him I had decided that I was going to do everything possible to keep him and not place him for adoption.”

Nine hours after going into labour, and only 24 hours after discovering she was pregnant, 4lbs 3oz Kellin was born. Supportive family and friends rallied together to provide baby clothes and essentials for the new mum after the shock arrival.

“It’s definitely been a little bit of a struggle since becoming a mum,” Amanda admits.

“I had no idea how to take care of babies, or how to parent at all.”There was definitely an adjustment period, but I’m starting to get the hang of it.”

Read More: Mum’s six negative pregnancy tests before giving birth just ONE DAY after doctors confirmed she was expecting

This Photographer Accidentally Shot The WRONG Proposal

A photographer in Arkansas thought he was doing the right thing by photographing a man proposing to his sweetheart. And it would have been the right thing, had it not been the wrong couple!

Jacob Peters from  JP Photography, was contacted by a gentleman in Wisconsin who wanted a photographer to secretly photograph him proposing to his girlfriend. The proposal was going to take place at the romantic spot of Hawksbill Crag.

In order to arrive before the couple and be all ready, Peters got up at 2.30am, packed up 30 pounds of gear and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National Forest. He parked in up at 4.45am and hiked up to the point, where he was ready at 6am, as planned. It may have occurred to him that there was no cell phone service, but before he had waited too long, a happy couple arrived.

A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple's proposal, completely missing his client's shot
A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple’s proposal, completely missing his client’s shot

Peter, discreetly hidden, began shooting the couple. The man duly got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and popped the question. It was obvious by the girl’s reaction that she had said yes.

“She turns around and starts crying and hugs him and it’s obvious she said yes and all went well,” Peters says.

Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag
Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag

He continued snapping even after the couple sat down and began to enjoy the sunrise.

At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas' Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas’ Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife

‘Job well done’, thought Peters, and packed up, hiked back to his car and drove home. He texted the guy to say that they shots had come out well, and then took a well deserved nap.

“I send the guy a text saying congratulations,” Peters recounts. “I’m glad it all worked out and then I take a nap since I was very exhausted.”

Imagine the shock when he woke to read the reply!

“I’m confused, we never saw you and we got there a little late, are you sure it was us? I was in a blue plaid shirt…”

The couple had arrived late, and had never seen Peters! On further texting it turned out that he had indeed photographed the wrong couple! Basically he had spent 6 ½ hours and $40 in gas to shoot 450 shots of the wrong couple!

“At first, kind of upset at myself,” Peters said. “I had just ordered a new camera and this shoot was going to go towards that. And I knew I wasn’t going to charge someone for work I didn’t do. I told my wife what happened and then immediately thought, they had to have seen me and thought I was some creeper in the woods with my camera and 70-200 taking pictures of them.”

“After a few days I figured I have photos that I’m sure this couple probably would like to have so why not try to find them,” he said.

Peters decided that the couple might actually like to have the pictures so he posted on Facebook, and amazingly, he got a reply from the couple, who were delighted that they had shots they did not even know of, taken of that most special day.

“I was hoping they were local but that didn’t matter,” says Peters. “They are from Dallas and they were sent a link to the post from a photographer they were going to hire. Within 4 hours I found out who they were and they couldn’t have been happier.”

Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen
Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen

Peters has said that he intends to make right with the couple he should have been shooting, by a romantic shoot with them. He has turned to crowdfunding to raise the money to finish the job with them.

Source: Daily Mail

5 Terrific Garden Pathways That You Shouldn’t Miss

Here’s a fantastic post about some terrific garden pathway ideas that you can’t miss! These are all gorgeous pathway ideas that you can do yourself to add some interest to your garden. And don’t forget to have a look at some of the other wonderful ideas on the site!

If you’re an avid gardener, you already know that a well-designed pathway can add so much to a garden. It can be used as a major feature or simply to add some interest or color to a garden. While some pathways are difficult to build and require expert help, these are simple enough for you to create yourself. They include wood pathways, brick pathways, stone pathways and even some spectacular mosaic pathways.

Whatever style of garden you have, you’ll find a type of pathways that will work in it. So have a look at these brilliant pathways to find some inspiration for a lovely pathway of your own!

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Brick Pathways

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Tile Pathways

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Wood Pathways

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Stone Pathways

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Mosaic Pathways

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Read More: TERRIFIC GARDEN PATHWAYS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS

These Man-Caves-On-Wheels Are Amazing In Every Way

For the guy who needs space of his own, and a getaway home on wheels, look no further than here! The Utah based company Upper Valley Tiny Homes makes perfect man caves, which can be parked at the bottom of the garden, or towed off to a favourite spot on the river to fish. Or in fact to anywhere that takes your fancy.

These amazing little man caves measure only 7 x 18, and are perfect for hunting and camping. The company prides themselves on the fact that the homes are designed and made by men, for men, so they know exactly what men would like in their man caves.

With things like pull-out BBQ, dart boards, racks for guns, basketball hoop and putting strip, they are all that any guy could want. They even come with a deck to relax with a cold beer at the end of a hard day. The rear of the cave comes with a garage door which opens to store off road vehicles.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The caves come with flush toilets and 500 watt solar power. The kitchen has a stove and sink, fridge and cabinet. There is a bathroom with a compact shower, and bunks to sleep. The video will give you a better look at the inside of these tiny dens, and all they come with.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The man caves currently sell for around $43,000 and the complete specs are available from Upper Valley Tiny Homes. We think men of all ages will want one!

Source: Do It Yourself RV

This Woman Used Photoshop To Trick Husband Into Thinking She Adopted A Coyote

Metro has a brilliant post by Hattie Gladwell about a young woman who used Photoshop to trick her unsuspecting husband into believing that she had adopted a wild coyote!

Photoshop is an amazing tool, especially if you’re looking to pull a prank on someone. One young woman used it to pull an epic prank on her poor husband. Kayla Eby, from Oregon, USA, managed to convince her husband, Justin, that she believed a photograph of a wild coyote was a photograph of a pet dog.

She sent him the picture of the wild coyote, and a text telling him that she found the lost “dog” on the side of the road. Then she texted him to say that she’d rescued the dog and taken it home with her. Eventually she sent Justin a picture of their son sitting next to the coyote on their couch. Kayla had photoshopped the coyote into the picture, but Justin freaked out, thinking his wife had adopted a wild animal!

This is how the conversation between the two went:

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Justin wasn’t exactly happy since his son was sitting right next to the ‘dog’:

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Kayla tries to convince her husband that she wanted to keep it as a pet: 

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She also said that she had wanted to get a dog for Christmas:

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But then Justin just continued to freak out:

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Justin freaked out even more when Kayla sent another Photoshoped photo:

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Source: Mirror