103: Shutter Speed

Learn how to freeze action, cap­ture long expo­sures, and avoid blur­ry photos.

$1051$89.25 when pur­chased as part of the 4‑course bun­dle. • 3‑hour work­shop • Lim­it­ed to 6 stu­dents • Pro instructor

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.

Work­shop 103: Shut­ter Speed & Motion

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Learn how to photograph motion.


What you’ll learn:

  • How shut­ter speed affects exposure
  • How to use shut­ter pri­or­i­ty (S or Tv) expo­sure mode
  • How to freeze the motion of mov­ing subjects
  • How to make motion-blurred streaks of mov­ing subjects
  • How to choose the cor­rect shut­ter speed for any situation
  • How to trou­bleshoot cam­era shake


This les­son will start with a brief intro­duc­tion to the com­mon types of cam­era shut­ters 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. This course will empow­er you to decide which shut­ter speed is ide­al for tak­ing pic­tures of chil­dren, pets, or beau­ti­ful vis­tas. We will share tips for trou­bleshoot­ing motion blur caused by unsteady hands.

The prac­ti­cal part of this work­shop will guide you in apply­ing the con­cepts learned in the for­mer 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

This is part three of four in our series of pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es for begin­ners. You’re wel­come to take one, some, or all of the class­es at your leisure; how­ev­er, we rec­om­mend tak­ing mul­ti­ple cours­es in their cor­rect order.

Enrol in 103: Shut­ter Speed as part of our Intro to Pho­tog­ra­phy for Begin­ners 4‑course pack­age and save.

Course 103 is also avail­able as a pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy course for 1–2 people.

Meeting Locations:

One of two loca­tions depend­ing on the time of year and weather.

April – Novem­ber: In front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music:

Decem­ber – March: The Allen Lam­bert Gal­le­ria inside Brook­field Place, just by the RBC Domin­ion Secu­ri­ties facade:

Accepted cameras:

  • We accept all cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode.
  • We accept all brands of dig­i­tal cameras.
  • Con­tact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for this course.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • A tri­pod (rec­om­mend­ed)
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)2If you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in more than one work­shop, please bring your bat­tery charg­er or a sec­ond bat­tery to ensure you can oper­ate your cam­era through­out the day. 
  • Mem­o­ry card (emp­tied)
  • Cam­era manual
  • Notepad and pen
  • Ques­tions and a thirst for knowledge!

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Work­shop 103: Shut­ter Speed & Motion

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What to wear

Our pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops occur out­doors through­out the year. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold or wet days.3Please 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 point and 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 The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toron­to, ON M5S 1W2).

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 750m of a TTC sub­way station.

Cancellation and refunds 

Satisfaction guarantee

We want to ensure that you ful­ly under­stand the mate­ri­als cov­ered in our pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es. If you aren’t com­plete­ly sat­is­fied with your learn­ing expe­ri­ence, please let your instruc­tor know imme­di­ate­ly after your work­shop con­cludes. We’re more than hap­py to address any points of con­fu­sion on the spot or to offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to repeat the same work­shop on a future date (pend­ing availability).


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.