How To Change Shutter Speed On Canon Camera

Shutter speed is one of the most commonly used settings on digital cameras and can have a big impact on the final image. Here’s how to change it on a Canon camera.

How to adjust Shutter, Aperture & ISO on a Canon EOS DSLR camera.


Basics of Shutter Speed

When you take a picture with a digital camera, the shutter speed controls how long the shutter is open to let light enter the camera and hit the sensor. Faster shutter speeds let more light in and allow you to take pictures in low light situations with less noise (grainyness) in the picture. Slower shutter speeds let less light in and are ideal for taking pictures in bright light situations.

To control the shutter speed on a Canon camera:

1. Open the camera’s menu system and choose “Settings.”

2. Choose “Shutter Speed” and use the arrow buttons to select the desired shutter speed.

3. Press the OK button to save your settings.

4. To take a picture, press the shutter button halfway to activate the shutter and keep it pressed until the picture is taken.

How Shutter Speed Affects Your Photographs

There are a few things to keep in mind when changing your shutter speed on your camera:

1. The length of time your shutter is open will affect how light is allowed to reach your sensor, and will therefore affect the exposure of your photograph.

2. A shorter shutter speed will freeze action, while a longer shutter speed will allow more light to enter the camera and result in a more blurry photograph.

3. Aperture, or the size of the aperture opening in your lens, will also affect the amount of light entering your camera. Aperture is usually set in increments of F- stops, with the smallest apertures opening up the most light and the largest apertures allowing the least amount of light in.

4. Other factors such as the focal length of your lens and the ISO setting of your camera can also affect how light is exposed in a photograph.

How to Change Shutter Speed on Your Canon Camera

Changing the shutter speed on a Canon camera is an easy process that can be done with just a few simple steps.

To change the shutter speed on your Canon camera:

  1. Open the camera’s menu and select “Settings”.
  2. Select “Shutter Speed”.
  3. Select the desired shutter speed from the available options.
  4. Press the “Set” button to save your changes.

    Depending on the type of camera you are using, the shutter speed options may vary. However, the majority of Canon cameras offer options for speeds between 1/30th of a second and 10 seconds.

Common Mistakes When Changing Shutter Speed

  1. Changing shutter speed without first determining the appropriate aperture is a common mistake. Aperture is the size of the opening in the lens that controls the amount of light entering the camera. Aperture is also a key factor in determining the depth of field, or the area in front of and behind the subject that will be in focus.

    2. Changing shutter speed without first determining the ISO setting is also a common mistake. ISO is the camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO setting, the more sensitive the camera is to light, resulting in a greater chance of noise appearing in the image.

    3. Changing shutter speed without first ensuring the camera is stable is also a common mistake. A camera that is unstable will likely produce blurry images. To ensure that your camera is stable, use the hand grip and foot pedal to lock the shutter speed and exposure.

    4. Changing shutter speed without first ensuring the subject is in focus is also a common mistake. To ensure that your subject is in focus, use the AF-C button to set the focus point. After you have set the focus point, use the shutter button to capture the image.

Tips for Changing Shutter Speed

  1. On your camera, go to the main menu and select “Settings.”

    2. Scroll down to “Shutter Speed” and select it.

    3. On the screen that pops up, you’ll see a list of options. The first option is “ISO.” If you want to change the ISO setting, just move the slider to the left or the right. If you want to change the shutter speed, just press the “Set” button and type in the new speed.

    4. To confirm your new shutter speed, press the “Preview” button.

    5. If you’re happy with the new speed, press the “OK” button. Otherwise, press the “Back” button to return to the main menu and make any other adjustments to your camera.


So now that you know how to change shutter speed on a Canon camera, what are your thoughts on how to best use this setting to capture the perfect photo? There are a lot of factors to consider when adjusting the shutter speed, such as the light available, the subject you are photographing, and your preferred shutter speed. Experiment until you find the shutter speed that suits your shooting style and produces the results you are looking for.

Author: Eshant

My journey toward photography has been an interesting one. I started with a very basic DSLR camera, and after several years of experimentation with its manual settings, I finally made the jump to single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Being a photographer is not just about having a camera or being able to take pictures well. It requires the ability to process information from raw data, which is why I am passionate about learning things and implementing them in real life. Hey! I am Eshant, an 18-year-old student from India who loves blogging and photography. I was born and raised in Haryana India but moved to Chandigarh for education when I was 14 I want to be able to utilize my skills in both online and offline businesses so that's why I'm learning about internet marketing and my goal is to start a blog. I am passionate about learning new things, hence why I love blogging too. Please feel free to contact me via email or twitter if you have any questions!

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