Workshop 103: Shutter Speed and Motion

bicycle on motion blurred background

Learn how to use your camera’s shutter to capture movement or freeze time in our shutter speed workshop.

Whether your goal is to freeze action, cap­ture long expo­sures, or trou­bleshoot your blur­ry pho­tos, this work­shop will teach how your camera’s shut­ter influ­ences the per­cep­tion of move­ment in pho­tog­ra­phy.

$78 plus tax.


This 3-hour photography workshop presents the following:

  • Types of cam­era shut­ters
  • Shut­ter speed and expo­sure
  • Shoot­ing in Shut­ter Pri­or­i­ty mode
  • Motion in pho­tog­ra­phy
  • Freez­ing motion with the shut­ter
  • Blur­ring motion with the shut­ter
  • Choose the right shut­ter speed
  • Trou­bleshoot­ing cam­era shake


In this third instal­ment of our four-course series of pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops for begin­ners, you will dis­cov­er how the cam­era shut­ter affects expo­sure and the expres­sion of move­ment in pho­tog­ra­phy. Our les­son will start with a brief intro­duc­tion to the com­mon types of cam­era shut­ters found in dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, and their strengths and weak­ness­es. Your pho­tog­ra­phy instruc­tor will intro­duce you to the shutter’s sec­ondary pho­to­graph­ic effect, the por­tray­al of motion. The ulti­mate goal of this course is to empow­er you with the the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge nec­es­sary to make the right deci­sion when deter­min­ing which shut­ter speed is best suit­ed for your pho­to­graph­ic sub­ject, whether you are tak­ing pic­tures of play­ing chil­dren, bois­ter­ous pets, or beau­ti­ful vis­tas. The lat­ter part of the les­son will pro­vide you with use­ful tips and tricks for trou­bleshoot­ing motion blur caused by unsteady hands. 

The prac­ti­cal part of this work­shop will guide you in apply­ing the con­cepts learned in the pre­ced­ing half of the les­son to real-world pho­tog­ra­phy. Since the main sub­ject of this work­shop is shut­ter speed and motion, we rec­om­mend bring­ing a tri­pod if you have access to one.

Important Details

Accepted cameras:

  • All brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras are accept­ed for this work­shop
  • This course is designed for DSLR and mir­ror­less inter­change­able lens cam­eras, and enthu­si­ast com­pact cam­eras.
  • Con­tact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for this work­shop.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • A tri­pod (rec­om­mend­ed)
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)1If you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in more than one work­shop, please bring either your bat­tery charg­er or a sec­ond bat­tery to ensure you can oper­ate your cam­era through­out the day.
  • Mem­o­ry card (emp­tied)
  • Cam­era man­u­al

What to wear

Most of our pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops fea­ture out­door exer­cis­es to apply the the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts into prac­tice. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold days.2Please note that the lithi­um bat­ter­ies pow­er­ing your cam­era may exhib­it dimin­ished pow­er out­put in cold con­di­tions. When sub­ze­ro air tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast for the day of your work­shop, we rec­om­mend bring­ing two or more cam­era bat­ter­ies.

Meeting/workshop location

Our class­room-free work­shops take place out­doors, involve walk­ing and fea­ture loca­tions that may not be ful­ly acces­si­ble. Cur­rent­ly, we meet in front of 1417 Dan­forth Ave (at Monarch Park Ave) in Toronto’s east end (5-min­ute/300m walk from the Green­wood sub­way sta­tion).

We reserve the right to change the meet­ing loca­tion and will noti­fy you at least 48 hours in advance of such changes. A mod­i­fied meet­ing loca­tion will always be with­in 500m of a TTC sub­way sta­tion.

Cancellation and refunds

Our full can­cel­la­tion and refund pol­i­cy is found in the Terms of Sale. The fol­low­ing sum­ma­ry is for your con­ve­nience:

  • We accept can­cel­la­tions for a full refund up to four (4) weeks in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.
  • We accept sched­ule mod­i­fi­ca­tions up to sev­en (7) days in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.