Shutter Priority

Shutter priority refers to a setting on some cameras that allows the user to choose a specific shutter speed while the camera adjusts the aperture to ensure correct exposure. This is different from manual mode, where the user must decide both values, aperture priority where the user picks an aperture with the camera selecting the shutter speed to match, or program mode where the camera selects both.

Shutter priority with longer exposures is chosen to create an impression of motion. For example, a waterfall will appear blurred and fuzzy. If the camera is panned with a moving subject, the background will appear blurred. When photographing sports or high-speed phenomena, shutter priority with short exposures can ensure that the motion is effectively frozen in the resulting image.

Like aperture priority, this mode allows for partial automation thus decreasing the need for total concentration, shutter priority and aperture priority modes are favourable to street photographers as it allows them to control one important aspect that effects the style of the picture while allowing the camera to handle other less important settings.

Shutter priority is often abbreviated as S (with Nikon, Minolta, Konica Minolta, Sony, Olympus, Sigma) or Tv (for "time value" with Canon, Pentax, Leica) on a camera mode dial.


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Sensitivity Priority
... Sensitivity priority, often abbreviated Sv (for Sensitivity value) on a camera dial, and colloquially called "ISO priority", is a setting on Pentax cameras that allows the user to choose a specific Sensitivity (I ... mode, where the user must decide all three values, shutter priority where the user picks a shutter speed with the camera selecting the aperture to match, or program mode where the camera ... in all modes, or (sometimes) set to auto, and thus sensitivity priority is equivalent to manual ISO and program mode, in both cases automatically selecting aperture and shutter speed ...
Nikon FA - Features
... Nikon F bayonet mount (introduced in 1959) supporting the Automatic Indexing-Shutter (AI-S) feature (introduced in 1981) ... lenses, but in that case, the AMP meter and the shutter priority and High Speed program autoexposure modes would not work as well as AI-S lenses allowed (this is due to their non-linear aperture ... gears and levers) controlled manual focus SLR with manual exposure control or aperture priority, shutter priority and programmed autoexposure ...
Single-lens Reflex Camera - History - Semi-automatic Exposure Capabilities
... a feature that was largely absent, except for a few early leaf-shutter SLRs such as the Kowa SE-R and Topcon Auto 100 ... types of automation found in some of these cameras consisted of the simple programmed shutter, whereby the camera's metering system would select a mechanically set series of ... metering system chooses either the shutter speed or the aperture, was finally introduced by the Savoyflex and popularized by Konishiroku in the 1965 Konica Auto-Reflex ...
Pentax ME F - Features and Operation
... After lightly pressing the shutter button, the photographer would turn Pentax brand manual focus lenses in the direction of whichever red arrow LED lit until the ... focus SLR with manual exposure control or aperture priority autoexposure ... lithium not compatible) to power its electronically controlled shutter and autofocus system ...

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