What Is Shutter Priority Mode and How Is Is Used in Photography?

In photography ‘shutter priority’ refers to a metering mode where the photographer fixes the camera to a specific shutter speed, and then allows the camera to choose the correct aperture to produce a good exposure of a scene. Shutter priority mode is usually accessed via the camera’s mode dial and is denoted by an ‘S’ or ‘Tv’. Shutter priority mode is often used in situations where fast moving subjects need to be frozen in motion, the photographer can choose a shutter speed at which they know the subject will be frozen, and let the camera alter the aperture. In situations where depth of field or sharpness are more important than shutter speed a photographer may instead use aperture priority mode.