Shutter-Priority Mode is usually listed on the exposure dial as “S.” In addition to the settings allowed in the programmed mode, shutter-priority allows you to choose the shutter speed. The camera will automatically choose the aperture that works best with the shutter speed you’ve chosen. Being able to select the shutter speed is important for those times when you want to blur objects (such as water) or capture fast-moving subjects such as race cars or the wings of a hummingbird.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read our page on Autoexposure Modes.
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